Arguements may occasionally rage over the acting abilities of Paresh Rawal and Rajpal Yadav, but no one divides opinion like Tushaar Kapoor in Golmaal. With his elastic features, frantic mugging and screen-hogging antics, many believed that it was the best comic role of all time in a Bollywood film.
Golmaal lauded him as a comic machine-gun, only ever stalling his barrage for long enough to reload, then unleashing another hail of laughs. What's for sure is that no other comic actor, not even Paresh or Rajpal, could have equalled Tushaar's manic intensity in the film.
But in his second outing in Golmaal Returns, Tushaar claims that his role is even tougher, funnier, better and bigger than part one and to top it all, he is the only 'lucky' one who has a girl in both the parts.
Q: You've won an award for not delivering your dialogues in Golmaal. Will Golmaal Returns see the same results?
A: I feel good only because I was very afraid of playing this character in Golmaal. To do a role with no dialogue was a huge risk. 'How will I be noticed?' was the first question on my mind. I just went with my gut feeling. It was my tutor Vikas Kadamb who told me that even the mute can make sounds to convey their message. My character is not deaf, he just can't speak. Golmaal Returns is going to be even more hillarious. So I hope to win more trophies next year!
Q: Did you do your homework before preparing for your role in Golmaal Returns?
A: I didn't have to go through as much training as part one because I had already done it. There was a bit of a brush up in the way I pitch up my sounds but the hard work was seen on the sets, as the story is a continuation from where the first part ends. In Golmaal, my sign and sound language was translated by my co-star in the film, Sharan Joshi, who played Laxman. This time around, there is no translator. The only person who can understand my sounds and signs is Kareena Kapoor, who plays the role of my sister. So the challenge was more than part one.
Q: What change did you see in director Rohit Shetty from Golmaal to Golmaal Returns?
A: I feel he has matured a lot. In part one, he was a little more controlled, as in not going overboard with dialogue and scenes. He took only calculated risks as it was his first comedy film. Now in Golmaal Returns, you will see him completely over-the-top with a lot of masala. It is more commercial and funnier than part one. Rohit has put in so much more. Earlier there was a fear factor over whether some scenes would work or not.
Q: I am sure the extras in Tha Kar Ke must have made the song the most expensive.
A: The entire set is actually shown as a township. It's not only the song which was shot there. We shot on that set for nearly 11 days. The action in the song was very expensive. It's not like a Karan Johar film song or a Yash Raj type. This song has cars blowing up, guns firing, glass breaking, etc. The song is not in the end credits so people will enjoy it.
Q: Four-actor comedies seem to be working in the UK a lot. Dhol, Dhamaal and Golmaal in the recent past have proved it.
A: I think the UK audiences miss our Indian culture. They left India or Africa years back and settled in the UK, which is kind of sweet. The movies you've mentioned give them the entertainment value for their money. There are certain people who prefer this kind of cinema because they are the same ones who want to stick to the comedy or the Yash Raj/Karan Johar genre of films. The UK market is a lot more star-driven and I am sure that they won't miss the first day of Golmaal Returns.
Q: Your sister Ekta Kapoor is the serial queen of India. She has taken over the entire world from 7pm to 11pm! Was it your idea for Kareena to play the role of someone who loves to watch Ekta Kapoor serials in Golmaal Returns?
A: It was Rohit Shetty's idea and it's not a personal attack in any way on my sister. Kareena Kapoor's character is a mad fan of the serials and she believes whatever is shown in them. It's like paying homage to these prime time serials. Ekta and Rohit are good friends and we are doing our next film together. He is going to direct the sequel to Kya Kool Hain Hum and it'll be a Balaji film.
Q: Do you think your sister should act in films?
A: (Laughs) What are you saying? She hates acting and is very camera conscious and shy. From childhood she was clear that she wanted to something creative in the television front. She wasn't shy before but now giving an interview on the television is a tough job for her.
Q: Would you ever attempt to act in a remake of your father Jeetendra's earlier films?
A: I've done a tribute to him four years ago at the Stardust Awards but that's it. I was dressed like him and did an act on stage too. I would love to act in a remake of the film Caravan and Farz. I did put across this idea to Dad but to get the right director is a concern. So we are taking our own sweet time.
Q: Do you think the duration of Golmaal Returns will decide its fate at the box office?
A: Of course, yes. The total duration of Golmaal Returns is 2h 20m. A film can be an hour long but might feel too long due to it's slow pace. Golmaal Returns is too quick. The energy and the screenplay of the film is very important. A lot of people like Jodhaa Akbar. The story ultimately takes over the proceedings. I bet people will love to watch Golmaal Returns for hours. They are in for a big Diwali surprise this year!