Mumbai, Feb 28 (IANS) Actor Kushal Punjabi is not complaining. Madhur Bhandarkar had a long meeting with the actor but the director didn't find him suitable enough to play a homosexual in 'Fashion'.
The actor, who was seen as John Abraham's friend in 'Kaal' and 'Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal', told IANS: 'I really got along well with Madhur. He's my kind of director. But I really didn't see myself in that role at all. I'd like to work with directors like Madhur who look at actors as actors and not as stars.'
The role went to Samir Soni. Apart from him, Harsh Chhaya will also be seen as a gay designer in 'Fashion'.
Kushal has had some bitter experience in the past dealing with roles that turned out to be far less important than he was led to believe.
Apparently, nearly half of his role in Vivek Agnihotri's 'Goal' was chopped off, but he refuses to dwell on that one.
'I wouldn't like to say anything on this. But, yes, the big opportunities still elude me. I may be playing a role in Aamir Khan's 'Delhi Belly', but that apart, I won't sign anything that comes my way just because I don't have a better option,' Kushal said.
'There're always the ads to keep me going. It's a pity it didn't work out with Madhur. I'd have really liked to work with him. But, really, I didn't see myself in that part,' the actor analysed.
A very major production house is currently considering Kushal for the second lead with Akshay Kumar.
'But the problem is once you acquire the reputation of a competent actor, the big stars shy away from working with you.'
It happened with Arshad Warsi. Now it's happening with Kushal.
'But it's okay. I make enough money to live the way I want to. In fact, I've just bought myself a home. And in Mumbai that's a dream come true.'