I was bored with some of my recent comedies: Paresh Rawal (Interview)July 7th, 2008 - 8:51 am ICT by IANS
By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, July 7 (IANS) Bollywood’s lovable comic actor Paresh Rawal, who in a way gave a whole new meaning to comedies, now admits that he was actually ashamed of some of the recent films he did. “See I’m not bored with comedy. But I’m definitely bored with some of the comedies that I have to do. Some of my recent comedies made me die of shame,” Paresh told IANS in an interview.
“Last year, I was proud of ‘Cheeni Kum’. That was a classy comedy. But the rest of the comedies were an assault on our sensibility. So I can imagine what they did to the audience,” said the actor, who gave a new lease of life to comedies with Priyadarshan in “Hera Pheri”.
He however added that the spate of comedies churned out by filmmakers was serving the purpose they were made for.
“They’re made within a budget and they recover their money.”
The actor is now looking forward to Dibakar Bannerjee’s next film “Oy Lucky Lucky Oy”. He said: “The film will wash away all the sins of excesses in recent times.”
Excerpts from an interview:
Q: Tell me honestly, are you getting bored of the comedies?
A: See I’m not bored with comedy. But I’m definitely bored with some of the comedies that I have to do. Some of my recent comedies made me die of shame. I realise I’ve a responsibility towards the audience. There have been times when I’ve been tempted to put my foot down about the material given on the sets. But I didn’t want to be accused of high-handedness.
Q: Are comedies being over-baked?
A: They’re serving their purpose. They’re made within a budget and they recover their money. Last year I was proud of “Cheeni Kum”. That was a classy comedy. But the rest of the comedies were an assault on our sensibility. So I can imagine what they did to the audience.
It’s very frustrating to see intelligent directors indulging in buffoonery. And the dangerous thing is that such comedies work at the box office. So 10 more directors are encouraged to attempt the same. When you as a thinking actor object to such a crude assault on the sensibilities (of people), the producer throws box office figures at you. So then you’ve to shut up.
Q: Is it a hopeless situation?
A: No, the scenario is changing. New directors with new ideas are coming in. Bound scripts are floating around. Films are completed in three months, so we actors get a chance to remain focused on characters. And today’s big players know what to support. So you have producers like Karan Johar or, for that matter Saif Ali Khan who knows exactly which director to patronise. Look at what Aamir Khan has done in “Taare Zameen Par”. To say something so profound so simply - it’s a big thing.
I salute Aamir Khan. He is illustrative of the new enthusiasm in our cinema. Audiences already get tired of clich
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