Actor Kunal Kapoor seems to have had a rebirth as an actor lately where he not only had a release a couple of months ago in the form of Koi Jaane Na but now will also be seen in Disney+ Hotstar's ambitious project, The Empire soon. However, apart from acting, the man has been a writer since his days of being an assistant director as well and has been nurturing his dream of being a filmmaker someday all this while. He is finally all set to do that and will also turn producer. Talking about it with ETimes, Kapoor said, “I think this is the best time to be a storyteller. When I was starting off, there was a certain kind of cinema being made. Films that had to fit into a mould, which has now been broken. The audience is exposed to so much content from across the world, that they are open to different stories and new ways of storytelling. And you have a whole new breed of technicians, who think in a way that is original and unique. It’s exciting that you have so many films being made which are rooted in India. Stories from small towns, of unsung heroes and about the history of our country."
He added, “I’ve been writing stories since my days as an assistant director. And I would love to bring those stories to life not only as an actor but also as a producer and director. As an actor, you have little control over what stories you get a chance to tell. You can only choose from what you are offered and you’re part of someone else’s vision. But as a producer, you have a chance to bring your own vision to life.”
Talking about the project, he has chosen to roll with the biopic of Shiva Keshavan, who is considered to be India's greatest Winter Olympian. Called India’s fastest man on the ice, he represented the country in six consecutive Winter Olympics and was also its lone representative during the 1998 and 2002 Games. Kapoor elaborates, “He is an amazing athlete. What drew me to Shiva Keshavan was not only the fact that he has represented India in the Olympics six times, but that it was also a story about the spirit of India and the incredible things we manage to achieve with limited resources. It’s a story of resilience and the path less taken; it’s also a celebration of our culture and diversity.”