Karan Kundra Interview: For me, life is never a destination, it's a journey!
Popular actor Karan Kundra speaks to BollywoodMDB about his forthcoming film 1921 and much more.
Last seen in Anees Bazmee's successful comic-caper Mubarkan, handsome actor Karan Kundra is now gearing up for the release of his forthcoming movie, 1921. Starring the gorgeous actress Zareen Khan as the female lead, the film is directed by the king of horror films, Vikram Bhatt. Kundra, who made his Bollywood debut with a horror movie, Horror Story, is back to the genre which, despite being around for decades, has not been presented well in Hindi cinema. In an interaction with BollywoodMDB correspondent, Mohnish Singh, Karan opens up about his film, character and future projects. Excerpts...
Q. Your first and third films belong to the genre of horror. So, was it a sheer coincidence or a planned move?
A. I don't know. To be honest, it's all about being at the right place at the right time. When Vikram sir had called me in 2012, I was doing a lot of TV. I had just got into the phase where people knew me and were looking at working with me. So, that time Vikram sir said to me that, 'I am making a small film. I am not directing it, and it is not going to be your launch. It is a psychological thriller about these young kids who get into a hotel and don't survive the night.' I immediately said yes because, for me, life is never a destination, it's a journey. You keep moving ahead and the sum of your experiences makes your life. Vikram sir had liked my work in Horror Story and when he was planning 1921 last year, he remembered me and my work. That worked in my favour and I bagged the film.
Q. You started your career from television and then forayed into films? How do you see your journey over the years?
A. It's been extremely amazing since I started out from television. It has been a satisfactory experience for me. My association with television shows like Gumraah and Roadies left a positive impression on the young audience. So, I am really happy and proud of the kind of work I have done over the years.
Q. Tell us something about your character in 1921?
A. I play a character called Ayush in the film. He is a small town boy from the 1920’s who lands up an opportunity to learn piano and make a living out of it in London. The film is an unbelievable magical love story against the backdrop of a supernatural theme.
Q: What attracted you towards this film?
A. The script of the film is the king. It is an amazing script. My last film Mubarakan grew exceptionally well because of the positive word of mouth. Similarly, I hope 1921 too will do well because the script is very well written. In fact, the film is a total horror story and does not belong to the genre of horrex. So, I really believe that the film will have good word of mouth publicity.
Q. How was the experience of working with Zarine Khan?
A. Zarine is a very sweet girl. She is very honest and I really enjoyed working with her. It was my first film with her and the experience was very good.
Q. How was the experience of working with Vikram Bhatt?
A. Vikram sir is amazing. I really feel fortunate that I got an opportunity to work with him. He has a very good understanding of a film like this. I learnt a lot from him while working on this film.
Q. What are your upcoming projects?
A. I am working on a project which is very close to my heart. It is about our Indian mythological stories like Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is for the kids and will be made in such a way which shall appeal to our kids.