By Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM
Friday, December 29, 2006
Though Kunal Kapoor has come a long way since his sophomore days when his voice had to be dubbed in M.F Husain's Meenaxi, he discovered himself talking in another voice in the new Cola ad which everyone is talking about.
How did that happen? "Well... I was out of town. They had to quickly release the ad because they wanted it to coincide with the mini World Cup. Anyway, I've been assured it won't happen again." Kunal can afford to be generous about such vocal aberrations. He's currently riding a new high.
While all eyes are glued to John Abraham, Saif Ali Khan and Abhishek Bachchan for their posh endorsement schemes, Kunal Kapoor is quietly but unmistakenly creeping up on the in-your-face brigade as one of the most viable names for brand endorsement.
According to a head of a prominent ad agency, "After the cola ad and the shirts ad Kunal is seen as a leading choice for ads about the boy next door."
Laughs Kunal, "I like that cola ad about the man and his aerated drink. Thums Up is a big brand endorsed earlier by big names like Salman and Akshay. Now we suddenly have this newcomer doing it. Feels good where I am...."
About the cola ad being sexist ("tum nahin samjhogi" ) Kunal jokes, "It's an interesting theory... nothing comes between the man and his cola."
Kunal is choosing his roles very carefully. "Rang De Basanti gave me choices. I suddenly got a lot more work. Everyone benefited from it. It was not the actors so much as the film. I haven't signed too many films, only Pradeep Sarkar's and Milan Luthria's. I don't mind waiting. I waited after my first film Meenaxi to do RDB, and it wasn't frustrating."
As for good friend Raima Sen, "As dull and boring as it sounds, I don't enjoy talking about my personal relationship. I acknowledge Raima as a friend, that's all. What I find strange is when I'm asked to define any relationship in my life. Whether a parent sister or girlfriend, you limit the relationship by defining it."
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