I was getting typecast post 'Rock On': Luke Kenny
Musician-turned-actor Luke Kenny found fame in Bollywood with 2008 musical film 'Rock On' but he says the success and the adulation did not materialise into new opportunities for him in the industry.
The former video jockey has not been seen on the big screen for four years now and he says the move was deliberate as he was getting typecast.
"After 'Rock On' I was not reluctant to work. As an actor you always want to do more work, quality work. People had a new experience with 'Rock On'. Arjun (Rampal) was already a star, Farhan (Akhtar) was well known and it was just me and Purab (Kohli), who were new. So, for me it was different post the release of the film," Luke told PTI in an interview.
Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, the critically acclaimed and commercially successful film also went on to win the National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
"Though people appreciated my performance I was getting projects that were not something I was keen on doing. I was either offered the role of a musician or a foreign friend. And that was when typecasting began.
"Those were the stereotypes you always want to escape as an actor. I refrained from doing any such roles that would limit me as an actor," he said.
Luke said that it was then he realised it was futile to wait for opportunities to come his way.
"I kept hoping that new films will be made and I will be offered interesting roles but time was ticking. My creative juices could not be suppressed anymore and it was then that I realised that if I was not offered a good project I should create one for myself," he added.
Luke, who made a foray into direction with 2005 film '13th Floor', starring Purab Kohli and Sandhya Mridul, is gearing up for the release of his next venture, horror movie 'Rise of the Zombie', which he has co-directed with Devaki Singh.
Co-produced by Luke's own company, Kenny Films Pvt Ltd, the film is the journey of transformation and origin of a zombie. The film will hit theatres on February 22.
"I am a big fan of the horror genre and Zombies have always intrigued. We have a history of 100 years of Indian cinema but I realised no one had ever made a film on this subject. My film is about the origin of a zombie - how a zombie comes into being.
"It is the first zombie origin film. It will showcase the journey of the making of one of global pop cultures' scariest creatures, the flesh eating monsters with a strong sense of violence and cannibalism," Luke said.
Besides Luke, who plays the protagonist in the film, 'Rise of the Zombie' also stars Kirti Kulhari of 'Shaitan' fame.
"I play a wild life photographer whose work is above everything else and this is the reason his relationship suffers. He wants to get away from the world. This film is not about a Frankenstein-like monster story, it has a human touch to it," he said.
When asked why he decided to be part of film as an actor, Luke said, "A project like this would not have come my way otherwise. So the next best thing to do was to start making films independently. I have been involved with the project from day one and I feel that it is absolutely fit for me to direct, produce and star in it."
'Rise of the Zombie' is not the only zombie themed film to be released this year. Actor Saif Ali Khan's 'Go Goa Gone' and Abhay Deol's 'Rock the Shaadi' are the other zombie films scheduled to hit screens this year.
While 'Go Goa Gone' and 'Rock the Shaadi' promise to give a funny take on those dreadful creatures, Luke said 'Rise of the Zombie' is more serious and scary.
"I have been trying to make a zombie film for the past five years but I did not have that kind of money. I know that there are two more zombie films coming up after the release of my film but they are zombie comedies.
"Thanks to them, the curiosity for my film has increased and more people are turning to my film. But it is not a race. Our film industry is big enough to accommodate all films," Luke said. PTI