Desi-Box caught up with the talented Rez Kempton who spoke to us about his forthcoming independent British film Amar, Akbar & Tony, directed by Atul Malhotra. The star shares more about the film and his character, working with his co-stars and reveals more about his love for film-making and he arts.
1.What attracted you to Amar, Akbar & Tony?
It’s the first London script I read that resonated with me. It wasn’t the standard gangster British story. What I liked about it was that it was representative of the
multicultural London that I grew up in and love. I liked the elements of comedy, drama, its realism and how true to life the script felt. I felt it represented me more than anything I have ever done before.
2. Atul Malhotra is the first time director of the film what was it like working with him?
Atul is an amazing and smart guy. He is creative and lets the actors really get into their characters. It is a real honour to work with him.
3.Can you tell us more about the film and your character?
The film revolves around 3 friends who all live in Southall and come from different cultures and background. I play an Indian Sikh character called Amar, Samuel plays a Muslim character called Akbar and Martin Delaney plays Tony who is from an Irish background. The film follows their story. My character is the one who is striving to go and do better. Amar comes from a Traditional family who owns a restaurant business. He feels all responsibility and honour of his family rests on him. He’s hoping for a career as a lawyer, away from the family business. He’s the one with a dream and wants to prove to himself that he can do it. The story takes a turn and an event takes place between 3 friends and it’s about whether the friends will ever be the same again.
4.Was you able to identify with your character Amar?
Definitely in terms of responsibility I did. My father passed away when I was young and I remember people saying you’re the man of the house and have to look after
your mum and sisters. It felt so overwhelming going from a boy to man it was a defining moment. It did change my outlook a bit.
5.What was it like working with Sam and Martin as your brothers?
We always hung out together outside filming. Martin is like a long lost brother! I think with us three even at auditions it felt like there was a great spark between
us. We was joking between us the entire time. I remember saying to the casting director I hope Martin says yes to the project. The film shoot was long and arduous but it never really felt like that with having such great people around.
6. Did you enjoy working with talented actress such as Karen David and Amrita Acharia?
I am mainly paired with the gorgeous Karen David. She is an amazing and beautiful woman, who is such a hardworking and dedicated talent. I’m incredibly lucky to work
with her, as well as Amrita Acharia from Game of Thrones who is a brilliant actress. It’s been a pleasure to work with actors of high such high calibre.
7. The film also boasts some great cameos. What was it like working with them?
We have fantastic and loving actors doing cameos such as Meera Syal, Nina Wadia andAce Bhatti. It’s great for them to give up their time for an independent British
film. The characters they play will mesmerise the audience and they have poured so much energy into the film.
6. You also starred in the award winning short Khaana by London Indian Film Festival director Cary Rajinder Sawhney. You must be ecstatic about its success?
It’s a short little 8 minute film which has done amazingly well. I had such fun working with my co-star Feryna Wazheir. I am so pleased for Cary and the film. The
story goes somewhere people don’t expect it too. Many people around the world have seen it and it has touched many hearts.
7. Have you ever done theatre?
I did a play a couple of years ago called Gandhi and Coconuts with the lovely late Sophia Haque. It was the last thing I did with her. I was so sad to hear about her
passing. I can’t believe it as I literally saw her before Christmas and was about to meet up shortly before her death. So shocked about such a tragic young loss.
9. Can you tell us about your film-making background?
I produced a short film a few years back called Sharp Cookies which won at the Cinequest Festival in California. There is a lot of support in the film-making
community, I was lucky enough to get support and help from the likes of Amit Gupta and Asif Kapadia. I have also directed a pilot for a female comedy sketch show
called ‘Wendy House’ that won award in LA. When you are working in front of great directors you learn a lot. I’m bit if geek that way, in that I like to know how
things work, pick up things and then utiilsie the skills and practice. I’ve been really enjoying it!
10. Do you have any advice for upcoming actors and film-makers?
That’s a good question! Don’t give up on dream as it is not easy. Never let go of your passion and always believe in yourself. You have one life and you got try make
most of it. Make it happen, do it now and don’t have regrets!
11. Why should everyone see Amar, Akbar & Tony when it is released?
It really bring back the best of traditional British comedy dramas such as ‘East is East’, ‘Bend it like Beckham’ and ‘The Full Monty’. It fits into the mould of those films that have serious drama with gripping characters and great comedic elements, which I know audiences will identify with. It’s one of the first films that I have come across that goes beyond the stereotypes of the really strict parents or arranged marriage. The film is more of our story with a realistic portrayal of three guys growing up in west London in a multicultural community. It has universal appeal to to both sexes and people of all backgrounds.
Amar, Akbar & Tony is set to release in 2014. Look out for more information on Desi-Box soon!