By: Swati R Chaudhary, Glamsham
Friday, February 23, 2007
The supremely talented Kay Kay Menon doesn't believe in doing intensive research for the characters he plays. The script is his teacher along with his own imagination coupled with the director's inputs. "I normally don't 'research research' for my character. The text in the script is my Bible, my Quran. I go through it over and over again and something automatically comes out of it. Moreover consistent interaction with ones director plus your own instinct and creativity helps," opines Kay Kay.
His nerdy geeky look in Honeymoon Travels...is quite a departure from his otherwise grim image. "I don't go seeking out for different roles. If a role is meant for you, it will come to you. It also depends on the perception of the people giving you the role. I have fun doing any kind of role. It's up to you to be able to give your best and do justice to it. Ultimately a talented actor will be able to essay a variety of roles," he says.
To say he is committed to his craft is an understatement. The recently released Black Friday is a case in point. Has his theatre background enhanced his filmi career in any way?
"A good theatre actor needn't necessarily be a good cinema actor. The two mediums are very different. An actor reaches out to the audience as far as theatre is concerned while the audience reaches out to an actor in case of cinema," he reasons adding, "One has to understand the medium and adapt accordingly. Personally I enjoy cinema more than theatre."
Kay Kay has stopped expecting from any of his films ever since Paanch ran into trouble. "I don't have any expectations from my films after the debacle of Paanch. When I'm on the set, I'm extremely passionate about my work but on the last day of shoot I detach myself completely," he says.
And does he think he's got his due as an actor? "It's for the audience to decide. As an actor I do my bit to the best of my abilities. I do my work with utmost sincerity and loyalty. Then the rest is up to god and destiny. Moreover there is never an end to what is due to an actor," he smiles.
Candid to the core, Kay Kay says 4 prerequisites influence his decision to sign a film. "The script is very important. Once you read it, either you like or you don't like it. So the first step is done. Then my role matters to me. I should feel that sense of responsibility towards the film. Then the director's wavelength should be in tandem with mine and ofcourse money! All 4 are a must including money," he laughs adding" I would comprise for a friend though."
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