May 252018

The teaser of Kunal Kapoor’s new film – ‘Noblemen’ just dropped and it shows a dark story that hasn’t been discussed in a long time. The story talks about the disturbing yet important issue of bullying in high schools. Simple yet extremely problematic. While many of us might think such problems don’t exist in our country, because we haven’t been through it, the teaser shows us another side of the coin.

Kunal Kapoor's 'Nobelmen' Teaser Is A Dark & Violent Tale Of Bullying© Yoodlee Films

Directed by Vandana Kataria, the movie has an ensemble of fresh faces, along with Kunal Kapoor. The movie at a point even reminds you of Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’, maybe of the mere fact that both deal with serious bullying issues and its consequences.

Kunal Kapoor's 'Nobelmen' Teaser Is A Dark & Violent Tale Of Bullying© Yoodlee Films

The story is narrated by 15-year-old Shay (Ali Haji ), who is struggling and being savagely bullied by a gang. Set in an all boys’ boarding school, we see Shay’s love for dramatics and Murali (Kunal Kapoor) a theatre inductor encourages him to follow his passion.

Kunal Kapoor's 'Nobelmen' Teaser Is A Dark & Violent Tale Of Bullying© Yoodlee Films

The teaser gives you goosebumps and piques your interest right from the start. A vocal adaptation of Sahir Ludhianvi’s lyrics from ‘Ye Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye’ from Guru Dutt’s film ‘Pyaasa’ has been used in the backdrop that builds the intensity of the story and flows perfectly with the way violence is depicted.

Kunal Kapoor's 'Nobelmen' Teaser Is A Dark & Violent Tale Of Bullying© Yoodlee Films

What starts as a desire to play and stage Shakespeare’s play, ‘The Merchant of Venice’, turns into something that none of them predicted.

Kunal Kapoor's 'Nobelmen' Teaser Is A Dark & Violent Tale Of Bullying© Yoodlee Films

Murali wants Shay to use his worst fear and channel it into acting on stage, but we see someone losing his innocence and life both at the same time.

Kunal Kapoor's 'Nobelmen' Teaser Is A Dark & Violent Tale Of Bullying© Yoodlee Films

‘Noblemen’ has already received critical acclaim in the New York Indian Film Festival 2018. Ali Haji’s performance was loved to an extent that he even won the award for Best Child Actor.

Check out the teaser here:

Apr 252018

Nobleman is an adaptation of the play Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare and will be set around a posh boarding school

Kunal Kapoor
Kunal Kapoor

Actor Kunal Kapoor will be next seen in debutante Vandana Kataria’s drama Nobleman, which tackles the issue of bullying. The film is an adaptation of the play Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare and will be set around a posh boarding school. It deals with adolescent issues, coming of age and bullying in today’s world.

Kapoor will play the role of a drama teacher, with a mysterious past, in the film. As a teacher, he has radical ideas on bringing about change in education and schooling. “This is a film I feel very proud to be associated with. Both Vandana and the script, are unique and have something important to say. What drew me to this script was, that it touches upon themes, very few films have had the courage to address. And after doing a version of Macbeth in ‘Veeram’, it also gave me a chance to dive into another Shakespeare classic, Merchant of Venice,” Kapoor said in a statement.

The film will be completely shot in idyllic Mussorie and will also feature actors Ali Haji, Mohammad Ali Mir, Muskaan Jaferi and Shaan Grover. The film is produced by Yoodlee Films. Kataria, a National Institute of Design graduate, has worked as a production designer in many films. In 2008, she won a Filmfare award for movie Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye. 

“Bullying is a dysfunctional addiction that society is slowly but surely coming to terms with and insisting that it is no longer acceptable. Noblemen gives us a glimpse inside the bully’s and the bullied person’s minds. Having studied and lived in a boarding school, I know how important it is to want to fit in and how easy it is for bullying to flourish. This film is a dramatic representation of that world, its issues, adolescence and the loss of innocence,” Kataria said.

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Dec 132012

There is more to actor Kunal Kapoor who recently received rave reviews for his performance in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana  -Apart from his acting chops, Kunal is also indulging his creative side and is venturing into scripts, a passion so far he kept under wraps.

Ask the actor and he is quick to reply , “I’m not actually writing the script, its more like co- developing it.

On the sets of Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana (his last film), I met a lot of like-minded people with whom I shared a lot of ideas, out of which they liked three, One is an action film which is sort of locked in a time period.

The second will be a musical and the third a story about three guys. I’m really looking forward to see these ideas develop and see what happens with them.”

If that wasn’t all, the actor who is a huge F1 and rally aficionado, under the training of a professional coach, will also be competing at the National Rally Championship next year.

Dec 112012

Karnataka's Vinay Kumar celebrates an early strike, Karnataka v Mumbai, Ranji Trophy final, Mysore, 1st day, January 11, 2010Vinay Kumar has backed Karnataka to do well in their next three games, two of which are in home conditions [file photo] © Sportz Solutions

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Matches: Karnataka v Delhi at Bangalore
Series/Tournaments: Ranji Trophy | Indian Domestic Season

It took five games for a struggling Karnataka to get their first win of the season, but with only 11 points on the board their captain Vinay Kumar is bullish about making the quarter-finals, if they can make the most of their three remaining games. Playing in familiar surroundings at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, Karnataka picked up six points from their victory over Delhi on Tuesday which meant they were no longer the bottom-placed team in Group B, jumping to sixth. With their next two games also at home (in Mysore and Hubli), Vinay felt two more wins would help them get a foot in the door in the quarter-finals.

“It was a good win and there were some positives to take from the game,” Vinay said. “Now we’ve got 11 points. In the next three games, two are home games, one’s away. Hopefully we’ll get another two outright wins and make the quarter-finals.”

The pitch had a crucial role to play. Karnataka were desperate for a result to arrest their slide, and a grassy pitch was prepared to encourage a win. It was a sort of pitch suited for the seamers to make a mark on the opening day, but Vinay took the gamble of batting first. You had to ask why a team struggling for runs through the season would throw its batsmen in the deep end at a crucial stage in the tournament.

From an armchair critic’s perspective, it was a surprising decision but Karnataka saw things differently. It was a question of seeing off the new ball and waiting for the afternoon session to start piling on the runs. However, the decision was questioned on the opening day when Karnataka were bowled out for 192.

Their bowlers did a decent job to not allow Delhi run away with an imposing lead, keeping it to 66. Karnataka’s openers, Robin Uthappa and KL Rahul got their heads together to build a stand of 140. Delhi hit back with quick wickets but the hosts’ middle order ensured a more than handy lead, enough to ensure they couldn’t lose.

If given a similar pitch, Vinay said he would still opt to bat. “It was a good wicket to bat on,” he said. “In any wicket, the first one hour will be crucial. We lost three wickets in the first hour. So, if we get the same kind of wicket, we’re definitely going to bat first.”

The pitch had eased out for the batsmen on the fourth day, and with the Mithun Manhas-Rajat Bhatia duo standing in the way of Karnataka’s plans of chasing a win, Vinay realised he had to try something different in the field to force mistakes. He continued to attack, and persisted with his seamers from both ends.

Manhas’ untimely dismissal, caught off a top edge, gave Karnataka a big opening, but Vinay felt that Bhatia’s wicket, caught brilliantly by Kunal Kapoor at silly point, turned the game.

“Till tea, we tried many things, but nothing happened,” he said. “The catch that Kunal took was amazing. That’s where the game turned. The fourth-day wicket was very good to bat on. We knew when the new ball was due, we would have a chance.”

While Karnataka can toast their success, there’s still plenty to be done if they are to be contenders for the quarter-finals. They need bigger contributions from their batsmen. So far, the team has only two centuries, both scored in a high-scoring draw in Chennai. In this game, both Uthappa and Stuart Binny were in sight of centuries but fell in the eighties.

Their performance against Delhi was a big improvement from their previous game against Odisha, where none of the batsmen passed fifty. Having made 475 in the second innings, Vinay acknowledged the improvement but felt it was time his frontline batsmen started converting their scores. He said the bowling attack had a more settled look, and wasn’t in favour of going with four frontline seamers, given that the lone spinner KP Appanna was underused in this game.

“It (playing four seamers) means that one will be underbowled. If it’s the three of us and Stuart (Binny), it’ll be easier for us to rotate the bowlers. Appanna is also there, he got three crucial wickets in this game. So, we don’t think four seamers is a good option.”