Bouquets may return
for him with Kaante
THE face may have aged, but it still has the same cute, chocolate-boyish look. Meet, once again, the oldest star kid on the block—Kumar Gaurav. More than two years after the late Mazhar Khan's eminently forgettable Gang, Gaurav is back with Sanjay Gupta in his slick flick Kaante.
He is in good company, though. His co-robbers in this remake of Quentin Tarantino's violence-glorifying Reservoir Dogs are Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Mahesh Manjrekar and Lucky Ali.
The six play a group of immigrants who plan a daring bank robbery. the film has been shot entirely in Los Angeles with in-sync sound and an all-American crew.
Gaurav, whose film graph has been on a downward spiral after the success of his debut movie Love Story with Vijayeta Pandit, has a lot of expectations from Kaante. "I play Andy, a computer expert." Andy is one of the six crooks in the film.
"The film is unique
because it has no one hero," he says, pre-empting any question on
the relevance of his role in the film. "It is not as if Mr Bachchan
is the gang leader and we work under him. It is about six characters who
have gray shades in their personality."
Kaante was shot in just a 40-day schedule. Of course, being part of this extremely professional set-up would have been an experience in itself. "Of course, it was. We got to see and learn how Hollywood operates, their discipline, organisation skills. We learned a lot of lessons in there."
As for himself, he hopes that seeing him in his latest role, filmmakers will offer him mature roles with definite characterisation. "I obviously cannot play a college kid; what I would love to do is mature love stories."
But that's in the future. Going by Gaurav's track record, films have always somehow gone wrong for him, with a few exceptions like his debut Love Story in 1981. The last time Gaurav had a semblance of a hit was in 1986, with Naam, in which he starred with brother-in-law Sanjay Dutt.
Most of the films he later worked in—Dil Tujhko Diya, Lovers, All Rounder and Jurrat (his father's production)— did not work. The story continued till Naam, directed by Mahesh Bhatt. Gaurav produced the movie, and although it was one of Bhatt's more critically acclaimed movies, it did nothing for Gaurav.
It is only in the past couple of years that Gaurav has ventured into new pastures, away from films. One of them is Island Holidays, a travel company, and a general sales agency for a Maldives resort. Two other ventures are Aryan Info Media (for Internet telephony), and Saberpoint India (IT services). He also has plans to make animation films and he might get into the director's chair too in future.
The future is not
something he has planned. It will happen when it happens. Until then, he
is betting on Kaante. —INFS