Poetry gives vent to Kunal Kapoor's inner feelings

Nov 20, 2007 Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Nov 21 (IANS) The intense "Rang De Basanti" actor Kunal Kapoor, who picks his roles with utmost care, reveals that cinema is only one of his predominant passions. His other interest is writing poetry.

The actor says poetry helps him express his inner feelings, which he is unable to do otherwise.

"I find it very hard to talk about my relationships, whether it's a girlfriend, sister or just a friend. I can't bring myself to discussing them in public. That's where the poet in me surfaces. Poetry helps me to exteriorise my thoughts," Kunal told IANS.

"I read and write a lot. I'm a struggling poet," he joked. "I've never shown my work to anyone else. I write it all for myself and I'm not interested in showing it to anyone," he added.

Kunal's inherent shyness propels the poet in him to come to the surface. He writes religiously every day and has reams and reams of thoughts expressed in poetry in Hindi and English.

"I've been writing for the last eight years. I keep going back to them to check my own life. It's deeply cathartic. I don't want to publish it right now. Strangely, I'm not a loner. I like people. But I'm not much of a drinker and I hate parties. For me fun is being with people I trust and love and writing poetry."

One person Kunal adores is Jaya Bachchan.

"The minute I heard she is in Pradeep Sarkar's 'Laaga Chunari Mein Daag', I was on. She has been an idol from the time I saw her in films like 'Guddi', 'Uphaar' and 'Abhimaan'. To me, working with her was the biggest high. I never thought I'd one day be in the same film she's doing."

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