'Majority of our cinema is non-cinema'

INTENSE ACTOR

Smart and edgy characters define him – even when he shares screen space with other actors or even Amitabh Bachchan for that matter.

Kay Kay Menon’s artistic capabilities present every serious-cum-negative role in a new avatar without reflecting his prior portrayals of a similar nature. His personal opinion about ‘cinema and non-cinema’ notwithstanding, Kay Kay is one of the most formidable actors in Bollywood today.

“I like cinema. It can be good or bad and I have no issues with that. But I have a problem with ‘non-cinema’, which is what majority of our cinema is today,” says the actor, even as he accepts that he is a part of that cinema which is overpowered by marketing strategies.
“There should be truth and integrity in story-telling but if it is bossed over by marketing then it is non-cinema.”

He has no qualms about admitting that going by his own definition, he belongs to non-cinema. But he makes a distinction in as much as, his selection of roles are not influenced by his personal thoughts on the industry.

“I choose characters which are undefined. I try to connect with them and go ahead. I don’t have a desire to do a particular kind of a role but to play that character as an entire human being,” says the gifted actor, and with a smirk adds, “So, even if it’s a ‘bad’ character it has infinite shades which I have no issues in portraying.”

“Personally, my effort is to get into a character, to do justice to it and the moment it is complete to step out of it. Thereafter, those roles have nothing to do with my future projects. So if I am playing negative roles also, they are different each time,” says the 45-year old.

Kay Kay attributes his choice of serious and negative roles to his being different from colleagues. This ideology is reflected in the kinds of cinema he has picked so far – be it Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Black Friday, Sarkar, Corporate or Gulaal.

“I am not over-ambitious like other actors who do not dare to experiment with a particular genre.

I am happy with what I do and set a bar for myself each time,” shares Kay Kay, who was present in the City to promote his latest film, a medical thriller, Ankur Arora Ka Murder Case.

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