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Kunal Kemmu grateful for Ranbir Kapoor’s support for Madgaon Express; says, “That gives you a lot of confidence”

en Bollywood News Kunal Kemmu grateful for Ranbir Kapoor’s support for Madgaon Express; says, “That gives you a lot of confidence”

Kunal Kemmu, who made his directorial debut with Madgaon Express in 2024, spoke exclusively with Pinkvilla about Ranbir Kapoor's admiration for the film and the support of ot.

Kunal Kemmu, known for his roles in Kalyug and Golmaal 3, made his directorial debut this year with Madgaon Express. Pratik Gandhi, Avinash Tiwary, and Divyenndu feature in this comedy. Ranbir Kapoor had previously seen the film and praised it highly.


In an exclusive interview with Pinkvilla, Kunal responded to Ranbir's praises by noting that such encouragement boosts his confidence.

Kunal Kemmu grateful for Ranbir Kapoor’s support for Madgaon Express; says, “That gives you a lot of confidence”

During an exclusive interview with Pinkvilla, Kunal Kemmu whose film Madgaon Express debuted in theatres in March, responded to Ranbir Kapoor's comments and industry encouragement. Talking about such interactions, Kunal said, “They're all very encouraging. Aapko agar kisi cheez ki tareef nahin mile, toh aapka usko karne ka mann kitna hoga woh alag baat hai.”

He continued, “Main yeh nahi keh raha hun sirf tareef se hota hai. In fact, I think sometimes when you’re criticized, that gives you a lot more fuel to say, ‘Okay, I want to do better, not necessarily to prove you wrong but to prove myself right.”

Kunal further revealed the confidence such interactions bring, saying, “But at the same time, when you come along the way where there are people who, at least, resonate with what you’re trying to say or are encouraging of that, it gives you more confidence to kind of go out there and do it more.”

Recalling the day he described Madgaon Express to others, Kunal stated, “For example when I wrote Madgaon Express, I didn’t have the confidence to bring it out because, like I said, I am not a trained writer. I didn’t know the format that I’ve written is worth for somebody to read. And it seemed funny to me. But then, when I narrated it to two friends, they liked it.”

He added, “That gave me confidence to narrate it to ten friends. And then when those ten kind of spoke about it highly and it got mentioned somewhere, that gave me confidence to kind of keep going there. Now, if in that very first interaction, it’ll be like ‘Yaar pata nahi,’ I don’t know if I would’ve actually kind of gone there and said, ‘Hey, listen, I wanna make this film’.”

Kunal praised his producers, mentioning, “And again, when Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani hear it and say, ‘You know, you should direct this,’ that gives you a lot of confidence in yourself. You’ll obviously want to wish for and hope for, but if somebody is putting their money there, that gives you confidence.”

Speaking of Ranbir and the industry's support, Kunal remarked, “And in the same way, when your contemporaries or actors that you're fond of and that you know even as friends, like what you’ve done and in your private space, they can be candid and tell you in detail what they like. That gives you a lot of confidence and a lot more fuel to do better.”

Madgaon Express, written and directed by Kunal Kemmu, is produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar through their banner Excel Entertainment. Along with Divyenndu, Pratik Gandhi, and Avinash Tiwary, the cast includes Nora Fatehi, Upendra Limaye, and Chhaya.

Also Read : Kunal Kemmu reveals the first person to hear his scripts was Soha Ali Khan


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