Kunal Khemu plays an army officer in the video of Sware. The actor made sure his uniform and medals appeared authentic. “I have great respect for our armed forces. So, I made sure to represent a solider correctly,” he says.
He adds the video has a simplicity that is appealing. “They haven’t gone over the top. The subtle nuances keep it going,” he insists. He also likes the fact that the five minute video gives the feel of a complete film. “There is this complete story arc. You see my character being infatuated by his neighbour in the beginning, then joining the army, falling in love, marrying her and becoming a father eventually.
I had to express a gamut of emotions in a short span of time. I loved the challenges,” says the talented actor. Speaking about the song he says, “It’s a lovely composition by Anupama Raag and Rahat Fateh ALi Khan lends his voice beautifully to it.”
Rahat was part of the first hit song of Kunal’s career, Jiys dadhak jaye from his debut film Kalyug(2005). He mentions Rahat also gave vocals for hit song Ghaahat from Blood Money (20012). He says it’s a privilege to be featured in a song rendered by singer. “He’s been part of my journey and hence I share an emotional bond with him.
I wanted to connect with him during the shooting of the video. However, thanks to the hectic schedule, we couldn’t meet as we were shooting in different parts of Lucknow. But InshaAllah we will meet soon!” he hopes. Kunal shot with newbie Vartika Singh for the video and they formed a great on-camera team. Kunal Says, “Sware capture the shyness between the lovers beautifully.”
And it’s becausehe was introduced to Vartika directly on the sets. “We were in costume when we first shook hands, so the initial hesitation you see is very much real. Later,moving around together in different parts of the city, we thawed. That was translated on screen as well,” he smiles. The most difficult part of the video was the proposal scene, shot in blistering heat. “It was hard to keep one’s cool when it was nearing 40 degrees outside but we did it somehow and it came out well,” he says.
Kunal and wife Soha Ali Khan have recently turned producers and are working on a biopic on renowned lawyer Ram Jethmalani, to be co-produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s company. Then, another film, which he has incidentally written, will follow suit.Acting-wise, he’s looking forward to the next installment of Golmaal.
Tell him everyone is looking forward to the sequel to the cult Zombie film GO Goa Gone and he laughs. “That’s a question you should put forward to directors Raj And DK and the producers. Even I’m looking forward to it. I can assure you that whenever It takes place, it will be explosive.”