Kunal Kemmu: “I have to choose what kind of criticism I want to take”

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With the subject of nepotism still generating huge debate, Kunal Kemmu who has been a part of the Indian film industry since his childhood, has expressed how he still has dealt with being seen as an outsider.

Despite the appreciation he gained from being a child actor, Kemmu does face questions on being linked to a film family through his marriage. “People will always say something or the other, that’s fine. They will always try to bring you down. I have to choose what kind of criticism I want to take. Don’t judge my work based on who I am and were I have come from or who my wife is, but if you do, it does not matter to me. All that matters is your talent and your work rest all are just noise,” Hindustan Times reports the actor stating.

He went on to add, “Anyone who has a good Friday is toasted and then when they don’t, they might slowly fade, they will stop getting calls, shows will not want you anymore and magazine don’t want to put you on their cover. It is all about the whole ecosystem.”

Kemmu had also been snubbed from an OTT platform from a promotional event where many big names had the opportunity to promote their own projects. Talking about incidents like this, the actor expressed, “If you have box office success, you’re an insider, if not, then you’re an outsider. Then you will start going out of the door. Everybody in this business — I’ve also seen my share of it, but it stands true for everybody. Even the big superstars have had lull in their life and they have also seen this.”

“The film industry hasn’t existed forever; it is made up of outsiders, by people who came from different parts of the country. It is an industry built by outsiders only. I can’t honestly say that I am an outsider. Even though I didn’t have a filmy family or a background, I have been doing it since I was 7 and in those terms I have been an insider but still may be I feel like an outsider,” he went on to say.

Kemmu’s latest release ‘Lootcase’ is now streaming on Hotstar.

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