01 November, 2020

(N)oodles Of Charm

Madhu Jain dines Nagesh Kukunoor

Gireesh G.V.
(N)oodles Of Charm
I’m almost late for lunch, held up by calls from two friends "dying to meet" Nagesh Kukunoor. These are bluestocking ladies, and it makes me wonder: is the nri filmmaker the thinking woman’s new crumpet? Kukunoor breezes into the Oriental Octopus at the India Habitat Centre much, much later. And such is the charm laid on ever so lightly, like butter spray, that the tardiness is forgotten and we plunge straight into the menu.

Kukunoor feels "noodley" that day. But didn’t he just say he was a serious foodie: "If I hadn’t been a film director, I’d have been a chef. I become a hound when I go to a new place—not just the ruins but to the local haunts in town, the holes in the wall." The noodles are not a gastronomical whim: he believes they’ll counter jetlag’s effects. The director-actor lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is now all set to move to LA, close to filmi mecca Hollywood.

The gods must love him. Not only is he thin like a reed, he now gets to combine his two grand passions: food and cinema. You guessed it: his next film is about food. By this time the...



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