Kunal Nirola unplugged
I was very fascinated with drama and theatre and I used to perform in my school. I was fascinated with films, stardom, seeing actors playing different roles. During my childhood, I used to think that in acting one person can do so many jobs, he can be an army person. doctor, engineer, a navy person, he can be a father or a son and can portray any role and that was very fascinating for me as that makes your life really interesting compared to a job which a person does for his entire life and that becomes monotonous and boring for me. In acting, I explore something new every day. At the college level, I started doing photography and later became the media head of my college and these things started to attract me. My love for machines led me to the Engineering Profession but destiny had something else in the store, which took me from Punjab to Delhi and then finally to the tinsel town Mumbai better known as ‘Sapno Ki Nagri’. The celluloid world was always an attraction. I gave up my remunerative engineering profession for my passion and to fulfill my dreams. Being enthusiastic to explore this new world I started looking for some tips and hints. The world around me was full of young boys and girls trained and talented, I knew that for an engineering graduate lots and lots of effort was required for being a good actor. Finally, I took up a course in acting to sharpen my skills, after which I felt it was like a trained soldier without the experience of a battle. I soon realized that I have to be a part of the theatre to excel further as an actor. I believe in the theory that as some are born God gifted singers, while others have to put a lot of efforts (riyaaz) to rise to that level. The same holds good for actors too. My extraneous efforts, consistency, and hard work lead to a positive outcome and the Legends and the amazing actors of the industry have always been a source of inspiration and motivation for me.
My hometown is Patiala, when I was in 8th STD, I told my parents that I want to become an actor and they thought that I was joking. In 10th when it was the time to choose among the different subjects, I told my parents that I want to take dramatics and then they realized that I was serious. They convinced me to do a degree course and then go to acting. I did my degree in mechanical engineering from Punjab and the day I completed my degree I came to Mumbai. For parents, it was difficult to convince them for acting as they felt that it is a very fast field and a lot of people come here and are not able to achieve their dreams. My father is a very intellectual person and told me to complete my degree so that I have a backup and that was a good decision as I matured and learned new things. Acting is itself so amazing, whatever you do you will learn more, it’s a never ending process. Once I played the character of a beggar and for a week we went to that place just to observe how do they live there lives. This is called a character study and it was an amazing thing for me and now for my characters, I am doing that much homework.
3. You are a cut surd and playing a Sardar with a turban in the web show Ishq Aaj Kal how does it feel?
4. What is your role? is it positive or negative?
5. What are your career goals?
I would love to learn and do homework on myself to become a better actor. I think there is no stopping as you learn every day. I want to do films and I am working on that and I keep on doing advertisements side by side.