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‘He’s a bit of a loud mouth’

Davina Raisinghani
Filed on June 13, 2009

JOINING THE RANKS of Bollywood’s practically omnipresent breed of models-turned-actors is Indian hunk, Kushal Punjabi.

The TV actor, who has also been part of the supporting casts of many-a-flicks (his filmography includes movies such as Goal, Kaal, Salaam-e-ishq, Sssshhh and Lakshya, to name a few), is now ready for his solo turn in the spotlight; he wants to portray the role of main protagonist for a change, rather than sharing screen space with multiple co-stars as he has done in the past.

First up in this treacherous mission is his forthcoming release, a TV film by Gautam and Markand Adhikari, co-founders of Shri Adhikari Brothers Television Network Limited (SAB), named 2345 Hrs. Set to an unconventional premise, the one hour twenty-minute long thriller sounds quite promising.

“The film has an extremely dark sort of a setting. And it’s scripted in such a manner that it will keep you guessing right up to the climax. I really can’t say much about the character because it has too many shades; he has both positive and negative sides to him. He’s a bit of a loudmouth, which in turn gets him into trouble. He is always plotting some new scheme or the other which keeps the film lively,” summarizes Punjabi.

In an unusual twist, the director of this oddball film thought it smarter to provide his actors with incomplete scripts. When Punjabi and his co-stars were handed the scripts, they discovered that the last five pages were MIA.

“Even we didn’t know what would happen,” recalls the actor. “But he did ask us what we thought would happen in the climax. And we kept guessing.” Punjabi refuses to reveal which one of the four artists solved the whodunit accurately, on grounds that it might give an important sub plot or two away.

Unfortunately, because of the recently settled producers-multiplexes strike, the actor is unable to provide us with a release date for this film; the backlog is considerable and obviously big banner productions get preference.

Next on his plate are two comedy-based films; one a youth-oriented movie that deals with a slightly taboo subject, and the other a traditional romantic comedy, complete with song-and-dance sequences. Filming for both is scheduled to begin sometime later this year.

In parting, we ask the hunk if he is single? After all, which celebrity conversation is complete sans a throwaway question about his or her relationship status? “I’m dating someone,” replies Punjabi. “Have been for about eight months now. It’s a nice change after three years of being single. Since we’re friends I don’t find it a burden to be in a relationship. And we have similar work schedules, so we understand each other.”

davina@khaleejtimes.com


 
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