Bollywood actor Manav Kaul is set to entertain viewers in "Jai Gangaajal," which will hit the theatres on March 4. Kaul is known for his negative roles and has been appreciated for his terrific performances in films like "Kai Po Che!," "CityLights" and "Wazir."
He made his acting debut in 2003 with a fantasy film "Jajantaram Mamantaram." He is not only a Bollywood actor, but also a theatre artist. He has mostly directed and written plays for theatre, and Kaul has his own theatre company -- Aranya.
Currently, the actor is busy promoting his upcoming flick "Jai Gangaajal," in which he plays the character of a Bankipur MLA. He and Prakash Jha recently arrived in Bangalore to promote their flick.
In an exclusive interview with International Business Times, India, Kaul spoke about the film, his experience and more.
Here are the excerpts from the interview â€“
International Business Times: How was your experience of working with Prakash Jha?
Kaul: He is the only one to make films on social political and relevant issues and make an entertaining movie out of it. Like "Gangaajal," I have watched it so many times as it is so entertaining. I am lucky to get this opportunity.
IBT: How did you prepare for the role?
Kaul: In the initial three-four months, Prakash Jha and I discussed about the project. I have to be comfortable with the director, so I had a lot of tea and coffee with him to get to know how he wants me to play the character. I read about the issue a lot.
IBT: How was it working with Priyanka Chopra?
Kaul: I was star-struck when she first came on the sets. But then, she is such a lively. You must have read about the incident when Priyanka was performing a fighting scene with me and she was supposed to get up and kick me. So she kicked me on my throat by mistake. After that Priyanka started crying for hurting me. She is that kind of person. She is doing amazing here and outside. She is an industry in herself. She can do some many things in one day and also with a smile on her face.
IBT: You have such good looks, then why you only do negative roles?
Kaul: (laughs) I am serious about it now. People are telling me this a lot and am telling them to make such a script for me.
IBT: Apart from Bollywood, we have heard you do theatres as well. Tell us something about that.
Kaul: I have my own company named Aranya. I basically write and direct plays, but don't act in them. I have been in Bangalore to direct plays for three months and had coffee in every corner of the city. I love this city.
IBT: So, any plans to direct Bollywood films?
Kaul: I have directed a feature film "Hansa," but now, I don't want to direct or write any commercial film. In Bollywood, I am only there to act.
IBT: Any upcoming project?
Kaul: No projects for now. I have been quite busy with "Wazir" and then "Jai Gangaajal." Now, I want to spend money and travel.