Hungama 2 director Priyadarshan: ‘I make comedy films for people who have a child inside them’

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Filmmaker Priyadarshan, recognized for among the most profitable, rib-tickling comedies, says he doesn’t giggle a lot in actual life. The director, who spearheaded Hindi comedy films within the 2000s like Hera Pheri, Hungama, Garam Masala and Malamaal Weekly, mentioned he measures the humour in his films by the width of his smile.

“Creating the perfect situation for comedy is difficult and making people laugh even more. I make sure, first, whether I can laugh or not. Because I generally don’t laugh (that much), I am a miser in laughing. But once I know I can smile, I am assured in theatres I can make people laugh. That’s how I measure it and have been doing it for the last 39 years,” Priyadarshan informed PTI.

The director started his profession in Malayalam cinema within the early 80s and is credited for helming among the most acclaimed, entertaining comedies of the period, proper from his directorial debut Poochakkoru Mookkuthi (1984), Boeing Boeing to Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu amongst others.

Priyadarshan additionally made films in Tamil and Telugu, earlier than turning to Hindi cinema with the 1992 film Muskurahat. He adopted it up with crime drama Gardish (1993) and the 1997 Anil Kapoor-starrer Virasat.

After a collection of hard-hitting dramas, Priyadarshan switched to comedies in Bollywood with the cult Hera Pheri, starring Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Suniel Shetty and went on to vary the grammar of Hindi films within the style together with his trademark screwball humour, virtually at all times headlined by an ensemble.

“I have done films of different languages in genres and I have realised people are the same when it comes to humour. So I don’t fear the pressure to make people laugh,” the 64-year-old director mentioned.

What Priyadarshan does face, nonetheless, is the problem to make his comedies creative. The filmmaker mentioned he resists the temptation to repeat what has labored and is at all times acutely aware of the viewers he’s catering to.

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Priyadarshan is at the moment awaiting the discharge of his newest Bollywood comedy, Hungama 2, scheduled to be premiere on Disney+Hotstar on July 23. The movie will mark the filmmaker’s return to Hindi cinema after the 2013 motion drama Rangrezz.

What pushed Priyadarshan to come back again to his beloved style, was the dearth of comedies in Bollywood.

“I thought it was the right time to come back to Hindi films because I found there is a scarcity of humorous films. This is my genre, what I am accepted by the Hindi film fraternity and the audience. Whenever I have tried humour, almost 90 per cent of the times I have worked. So I thought to try it again.”

Much like most of his Hindi comedies, which have been remakes of his Malayalam films, Hungama 2 borrows its essence from the 1994 romantic-comedy Minnaram. The director mentioned the thought to adapt the Malayalam movie got here from celebrity Mammootty, who questioned why did he by no means remake the movie for the Hindi viewers.

“The original, though has a lot of humour, is a tragedy in the end. So Mammootty suggested that I remove the tragedy bit and turn it into a complete fun film. I then rewrote almost 50 per cent of the film and added new characters, tweaked it. I treated it the way I had written the original Hungama,” he added.

With Hungama 2, the director has reunited with Rawal, his long-time collaborator who has remained a fixed in most of his comedies, from Hera Pheri, Hungama, Garam Masala, Hulchul to Chup Chup Ke amongst others.

Priyadarshan mentioned Rawal’s character in Hungama 2 of an insecure husband reverse actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra is a completely different take of his in style Hera Pheri half — Baburao Ganpatrao Apte.

“Paresh fit the part so well. Even when I was writing, I was thinking of Baburao. I thought of a different kind of Baburao this time, who constantly doubts his beautiful, young wife. He misunderstands and makes situations complicated,” he added.

Hungama 2 additionally stars Meezaan and Pranitha Subhash.

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