I'm not insecure about my career: Kunal Kapoor

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By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Oct 2 (IANS) After cameos in two back-to-back movies - "Bachna Ae Haseeno" and "Welcome To Sajjanpur"- Kunal Kapoor is not afraid of being typecast as a cameo king and says he isn't insecure about his career.

"They (filmmakers) can come to me with more cameo parts. But it's my option to do them or not do them. In any case, I'm not insecure about my career. I'm not a footage fanatic. I'm also in no hurry to sign films," Kunal told IANS.

"I'm financially comfortable without having to sign in desperation. If you remember, there was a long gap after my first film. In fact, I'm starting my next film 'Lamhaa' with Sanjay Dutt and Bipasha Basu at the end of October. I'm using this time to prepare for my part," he added.

If you are wondering what prompted Kunal Kapoor into doing that two-minute walk-on part as Amrita Rao's husband in Shyam Benegal's comedy "Welcome To Sajjanpur", then Kunal has no hesitation in saying he's proud of the part.

"For me being part of good films is more important than playing a principal part. It was a lovely script. And I so wanted to be part of something done by Shyam Benegal. I've admired his work for as long as I can remember. I haven't seen the film, but know I'm hardly there," Kunal said.

"But working with Shyam Babu was so much fun. I thought he'd be intimidating. But he had a grin on his face all the time. And so what if this was my second cameo in a row after 'Bachna Ae Haseenon'?"

And then Kunal comes up with another reason for his presence in the "Sajjanpur" cast.

"Actually there's a much less noble reason for why I did 'Sajjanpur'. The producer Chetan Motiwalla is an old friend. I know him from the time I did my first film 'Meenakshi'. We had made a pact whichever film he makes first I'll be a part of it. So not being in 'Sajjanpur' was not an option. Since all the other roles were taken I said yes to Amrita Rao's husband's part."

Explaining why he accepted the part of Minissha Lamba's hubby in "Bachna Ae Haseeno", Kunal said: "What I liked about that guy was his quiet determination to win his wife's love. Usually it's the female spouse who shows such resilience. That made it fascinating. I had great fun shooting for this part in Punjab."

Kunal got to play a Sikh for the first time in "Bachna Ae Haseeno".

"I had played a Sardarji for a bit in 'Hattrick'. But then we changed my character to a Mona. So yes, 'Bachna Ae Haeseeno' was my first Sardarji part."

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