Kunal Karan Kapoor: I am going through a ‘Mohan’ phase and I’m loving it!

Wed, January 11, 2012 12:15pm IST by
Kunal Karan Kapoor: I am going through a ‘Mohan’ phase and I’m loving it!

It’s been a long journey for the carefree and chilled out Kunal Karan Kapoor, formerly Angad of Pratigya and now Mohan in Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha

After playing several secondary characters, this is Kunal’s first big break as the solo lead in a daily soap telecast at primetime. Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha has just replaced the controversial reality show Bigg Boss season 5. In a candid conversation with the passionate actor, who has been shooting from six in the morning to midnight, we find that in spite of his busy schedule he is fresh as ever for an interview which has been scheduled and rescheduled at least four times…

From playing a nerd to a complete baddie… what has the transition been like?

Frankly, it’s been a really long journey. In my entire life I have never really planned anything. I have been a vagabond. I work for some time, make money and then take off on a long trip. But I have learnt a lot from the little work I have done. My first screen appearance was as the geeky stammering nerd in Remix, then a jovial army cadet in Left Right Left, followed by a role as thief in Maayka and then the paan-chewing baddie in Pratigya. Things always fell into place for me.

How did you bag the lead role in Na Bole Tum…?

I auditioned for Sunshine Productions long ago. They called me back almost a year later with this offer. After my stint in Pratigya, I deliberately stayed away from television for a year to get a better perspective on things and I guess that paid off. Now I am back with a bigger and much meatier role.

Who is Mohan?

Mohan is a crime reporter by profession. He loves his job because he is a carefree and careless kind of guy who loves to live on the edge. The profession lets him live like an adrenaline junkie. He believes in having an adventurous and exciting life.

So what kind of a daily soap is this?

Ideally, it’s a little of everything. It’s an unusual story which is a little romantic, dramatic and comic. I think that after watching the serial, the audience is the only one that can categorise the show in the right genre.

What’s Mrs Vyaas’ story?

Mrs Vyaas is single mother who takes on the responsibility of two adorable and smart children after her husband’s death. She is a woman who is living in a cage and needs to break free. By ‘cage’ I mean bound by the responsibility of her children and in-laws. In reality she is very much like Mohan, but circumstances force her to lead a completely opposite lifestyle. The story revolves around these two diverse individuals who are pitted against each other by fate.

You are working with kids – are they a handful?

This is the first time I am working with kids. And they are an inspiration; you learn a lot of patience and commitment from them. Ashnoor Kaur and Vishesh Bansal are powerhouse talents. Especially Ashnoor – she is so focused and determined when she is acting that you are left flabbergasted by her talent. Without doubt, the two kids are ideally the stars of the show.

What gyaan did you give Aakansha on the first day of the shoot?

I didn’t have to tell her anything. Aakansha hails from a theatre background. She has worked with Girish Karnard and essayed roles from Rabindranath Tagore’s plays. Not that I have seen any, but I know that she knows what she is doing. When we began shooting she, who was facing the camera for the first time, was calm and totally composed while I was nervous. Aakansha can instil strength in the opposite person. Before the actual shoot began there was very little interaction between us, but we did do a lot of look tests and script reading.

Why did you take such a long break post Pratigya?

After my role as Angad in Pratigya, I didn’t want to repeat myself. But the kinds of roles offered to me were all on similar lines. I loved my role as the bad guy. At first I was doubtful if I’d be able to pull it off – the dialect, the nature and the paan. On the first day of my shoot I ate 18 to 20 paans! But I have no regrets – Angad was like a milestone. So I didn’t want to repeat myself or any role that I had already done. I wanted to do something more mature.

Your expectations from the show…

Honestly, I expect a lot, because this is the first time I am playing the lead and it’s a huge responsibility. I have been working from dawn to midnight and we’ve put in a lot of hard work… Let’s hope it pays off. I hope people appreciate our work and Na Bole Tum… becomes one of Colors’ top rated shows.

Colors is known for daily soaps with social and domestic issues… will Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha be accepted?

I’d honestly like to believe that we have a mature audience that loves shows that break the monotony and are fresh in their presentation. Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha has a feelgood factor and is a slice-of-life kind of show. I am sure that if the story is good, people will definitely enjoy it.

At a time when women-oriented serials rule the roost, would you be able to stand out as a male lead?

I am not the only one running the show. It’s the story about two diverse personalities. The USP of the show is the unusual narrative. Comparing it with any other show or character would be unfair to both. As for me, it’s a character that’s very different from most lead roles. If the story clicks, my character will automatically work. I am just hoping for the best.

Any other show on Colors you watch?

I love Bigg Boss. I am an ardent fan of the reality show because the entire concept is awesome. It’s like a great human experiment – the clash of relationships and the interplay of roles and moods swings is simply great. But I personally would never be able to live in such a house. I wouldn’t stand a chance and I cannot subject myself to 24/7 surveillance. I love my privacy and solitude a little too much.

So is working in films your next step?

I am not thinking about it right now. The serial has come at a very crucial time in my life. Kunal as a person is going through a Mohan phase and I’m loving it. I aspired to be a director since I was 13-years-old, after I saw Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. In my free time, that’s what keeps me occupied. I am always trying to teach myself something new.

So are you single, or ready to mingle?

Frankly, I am very happy being single. I am glad to have all the time to concentrate on my work and more important things.Subscribe to me on YouTube


  • Riya

    I like him

  • Deepa nasik

    when i saw sharukh in the serial refugee i know that one day he will be in the top. the same guts feeling against you Mohan (sorry karan,,,) the way you looks mehga,, amazing,,, definetely you will be a great star one day… i am sure..all the best

  • Filipe Menezes

    All the actors are perfect for one’s chosen roles,you are doing an amazing job,a different story from the zillion of daily shows on Television. great going people…All the Very best.

  • pinky

    u r fabulous in NA BOLE TUM…u’ll be a gr8 star soon…

  • aira

    awesome kunal rocking show

  • krwtm

    my star kunal u r the best actor

  • mar

    KUNAL you are the good job Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha beautiful serial

  • aina

    KUNAL i love you are show NA BOLE TUM NA MAINE KUCH KAHA very lovly serial u play MOHAN awesome

  • jeba meha

    I love tis ‘na bole tum’ very very much nd it s an unusual story frm othr serials.Each nd evry episod n ts s really amazng nd til nw i dn’t mised even 1 episod, nd i luv mohan nd meha’s role s realy fantastic,i luv 2 watch ts serial ***

  • Lauren

    I love him!!

  • Anushka

    He’s so sooooooo cute
    u roq kunal
    <3 u sooo much
    dis shows the best
    luv it
    d best
    n kunal is so so so cute!!!


    love the character of mohan so much so that it has become part of day.
    feels bsd on saturday and sunday

  • Laxmi

    Hi…..karan….!i love you sooooooooooooo much n ur acting is awesome but keepin ur acting apart i watch NA BOLE TUM……..only 2 see u…half an hour is realy vry short tym…i wish if it could be for atlst 1 or 2 hrs more….i know its not a new thing fr you….but I REALLY LOVE YOU….honesty dis 1st time i’m liking some actor dis much….n hope it remains everlast…dont stop working coz i want 2 c u frever….i wish if i could meet u…love you…!

  • elsy

    Hi. Karan yr acting is so fabalous, i never miss yr serial even a single day expect sat & sun. I wish if the serial would atleast last for one hr. half hr is too short tym. good luck to kunal karan kapoor and u will always remain everlast.

  • Priyanka

    Kunal u r best. I never miss ur show.
    I love u mohan. I wish u get all success in ur life

  • attiya

    luvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv uuuuuuuuu as mohan ………………owsome character………….NBTNMKK rocks



  • rajanraizada

    Mohan main bahut badha fan hoon apka,main apka har serial dekhta hoon,aaj tak koi episode miss nahi kiya,kya tum mere friend banoge,agar mujse baat karna chahte ho toh call me 9872308208.aapka intizaar apke fan karte honge hum toh karenge hi.love too megha and mohan


    kunal bhaiya mujhe aapka serial ( Na bole Tum Na Maine kuch kaha) bahot hi aacha lagata hai.
    Mai Aapka bahot bada fan hun…….
    Mai Apse Baat Karna Chahata hu..
    My Mo.no.9769317706

  • sandipta roy

    Kunal m a big fan of urs..mujhe mohan bohot pasand larka ho to mohan jaisa..mey to apne har frnd se yahi kehti hu..i luv u n i wish aap aisehi hume entertain karte rahenge..

  • sandipta roy

    Mohan bhatnagar u r awesome…mujhe nahi pata kunal aap real lyf mein kaise ho but b mohan it suits u..

  • ar

    kunal u r brilliat amazing actor, I really hope ke aap bahut aage jaoge one day u will be the bestest actor in the world

  • subhaleena

    too much to say kunal about u ,me a great fan of u


    i llllllllllllooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeee uuuuuuuuu
    am sure u will win the best actor award SUREE…

  • Senpoo

    Brilliant show NBT! Wonderful actors… KKK, you are wonderful in it as Mohan! Your character shines and flows through the hearts of viewers… Keep it up! And you rightly said, this is not any regular soaps with high drama.. NBT is a very sensible show with interesting characters.. The story is made beautifully with the brilliant characters and so the story can never go wrong…. All the best to the NBT team to shine up more and move high up up up!

  • rajvver shekhawat

    ” Akash ke taron mein khoya hai jahan saara,

    lagta hai pyara ek ek taara.

    In taron mein sabse pyara hai ek sitaara,

    jo is waqt padh raha hai SMS hamaara “

  • sophia laishram

    na bole is a departure both in theme and treatment- a breathe of fresh air from the heavily made up characters in other serials. the attention to detail and mohan’s intense acting makes it a hit anytime.not every serial is a tear jerker, its in fact irritating to see ladies crying all the time(in heavy make up)in other serials.Way to go! the little girl rimjhim acts touchingly.

  • Shweta

    I have been a great fan of Na bole tum na maine kuch kaha ever since it aired for the first time on Jan 9th last year.
    The plot and the cast are perfect. I miss Ashnoor kaur in season 2. This is one of the flawless serial which I enjoy watching thoroughly. Good luck to one and all in Na Bole tum na maine kuch kaha!!! U guys keep up the good work and continue rocking..

  • Pooja

    i loved this show very much…
    i saw it specially for u Kunal jI..
    jab se NBT me aapki or nanhi ki frndship hui h tb se mene ye show dekhna chalu kiya h or tbse hi aapki pakki wali frnd b banna chahti hu
    i wish ki aap mera msg pdhe or reply de :)
    GOD bless u tc…. :)

  • vaishali kesarwani

    dear kunal ji ,
    u are awesome… aap mujhe bahut acche lgte ho …..
    aap ki smile toh usse bhi acchi h …… nbt mujhe bahut accha
    lgta ho spiecally aap sir u are the best…..
    gud bless u sir

  • vaishali kesarwani

    sorry sir kuch mistake ho gyi …….likhne me
    i am realy sorry ……….
    bt mai dil se bolti hu…..
    u are awesome sir awesome………
    u are soooooooooooo………..oooo cute.

  • Maahesh

    love u kunal and megha We r all miss u

  • c_d

    Success of nbtnmkk is becos of its new story to the tv serial world..and actors like u made possible to reach this story to people..GREAT WORK..this is first and hopefully will be the last hindi serial i have seen..such a nice transition from young careless newsreporter monu to a mature responsible middle aged bappu and then arogant dhada vasu..no words to say how kkk did justice in bringing this in all aspects of acting-eye expressions,smile,cry,body language,style,dialogue delivery,etc JUST PERFECT.. mohan made us to cry when he cries and smile when he smiles..enough proof for ur acting..became ur hardcore fan..
    After a very long time,a treat for us to watch it with the family..not only mohan..megha,nani,addhu,guru and each and everyone of them created a magic..thanks to storywriter and screenpłay..

    every of. them. created a magic..thanks to storywriter and for screen

  • manasa

    NBTNMKK best serial till date <#

  • lekhya

    nbtnmkk is an evergreen story till date nothing can be compared to it which is only because of my sweetheart kunal karan kapoor when will you be back onscreen kunal i am desperately waiting for you please please please please come back please i love you a lot….only you have the magic of making your audience cry,laugh,smile,feel,love,hate,die at times……..like i couldn’t sleep a whole night because on that day’s episode you will leave the hand of addu during picnic frankly,something in me died and you made me remember all the love failure stories of this world which made me miserable i love your acting with perfection,sparkling eyes which can deliver volumes without saying anything,cute smile which refreshes the minds of even the depressed,cubby cheeks which all want to stretch like gali keench keechke bolne ka mann kartha hai “choo chweet” please come back kunal please

    • lucky

      if you want a refreshing role then say it to the directors which kind of roles you want to do but please come back kunal aakansha came back with gulmohar grand now when are you coming when kunal