MUMBAI—This was a rapid-fire to end all rapid-fire! Just 13 minutes with Ajay Devgn, who was pressed for time as he was unwell with a back problem that made him limp, even as he braved it out the whole day with the Mumbai media besides being ready to fly off to other locations. Long breaks were needed for him, and so we got short shrift on the eve of the release of “Golmaal Again.” And yes, Parineeti Chopra and Tabu had to leave after completing some channel interviews due to some previous engagements!
Excerpts from an interview:
Q: Isn’t this is a horror comedy?
A: Yes, it is, and it’s a genre not tapped in India. Here, the horror part is funny and not frightening. Plus, all of us characters from “Golmaal” are there, as all the characters are famous. A sequel is made only when at least one character is famous. So how do you take it forward? One way is making this a different kind of comedy. Rohit (Shetty) came to me with a small idea that I liked, and it took him three and a half years to write it. Before that, we were not happy with three other ideas.
Q: There must be pressure, as every “Golmaal” has been bigger commercially than the earlier one.
A: And that pressure is good! That’s why it took four years to write a film that we shot only in six months.
Q: Would you call this a safe genre, as only “Bhool Bhulaiya” has worked so far. “Great Grand Masti” did not.
A: But that was a sex horror comedy. “Golmaal Again” is a nice story with an emotional base.
Q: Are the main characters same?
A: They have the same names and characteristics. This time, the story has gone into our childhood and is set in Ooty, not Goa.
Q: How were the new entrants – Parineeti Chopra and Tabu?
A: Oh, they blended in very quickly. Tabu’s an old friend, and we have known each other since before I was an actor. Parineeti’s so sweet that she mixed with all of us instantly.
Q: You have danced to a re-creation of your song “Neend Churayi Toone” from “Ishq.”
A (Grins): I hate dancing! Rohit Shetty told me things about the shoot of the song from the older film, which was 20 years ago, that I had forgotten! He was around.
Q: What do you have to say about a certain kind of audiences calling Rohit’s films senseless?
A: They watch it secretly and enjoy it, and do this to salvage their reputations! Who does not like to enjoy a comedy? And they love it when Hollywood makes such movies!
Q: They call such movies “brainless” and yet people who like it do so with their brains only!
A: Exactly! And to make these movies actually requires a lot of brains!
Q: What makes for a hit film finally?
A: People just want to be entertained – something that makes you one with the film when it is on. It is not just about making people laugh – it can be action or emotions as well.
Q: Do you feel that the disparity between single-screen and multiplex has increased?
A: No, the masses are also evolving. The gap is actually narrowing and will continue to do so.
Q: “Baadshaho” did not work in the ‘plexes, though it did very well in the single-screens.
A: There were some cogent reasons for that, which I cannot disclose here!