While the Hindi film industry is going through a lull phase with dismal performance of movies at the box office, Anees Bazmee’s film ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ stood out with its entertainment value and impressive box office collections. The film that starred Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani in lead roles, minted over Rs 181 crore with its theatrical run. Speaking to ETimes, Bazmee reflected upon the role of comedy in movies, lead actors fitting into comedy, his next project and more…

‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’ had a good mix of serious and comedy sequences. What do you have to say about actors and comedians in today’s films?

See, there used to be parallel tracks of comedians in films earlier. Later, the writers tried to fit the hero in comedy tracks –
Hero hee sab kuchh karega. But even today, there are certain films that require a separate comedy track with comedians. For example, ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ had contributions from Sanjay Mishra, Ashwini Kalsekar and Rajpal Yadav that can’t be ignored. They provided so much fun in the film. Whenever those three appear,
film khadi ho jaati hai. I have always kept such funny characters in every film of mine.

How and when did the trend of heroes fitting into comedy begin?
This happened because we take our film forward with the protagonist and we think of ways to make him loveable. Our main focus is to make the audience happy if something good happens in the hero’s life and make the audience cry if something bad happens to the hero. So, as writers, we started thinking that if we add comedy to the hero’s character then he becomes loveable. So, in ‘Aankhen’, I added comedy to Govinda and Chunky Panday’s characters. I have done that with almost all of my films. But I have also kept comedians along with the hero. If you take ‘Welcome’, Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor are there but there are 4-5 others around them who are so important as well.

I feel that if the hero is doing everything then the film will be boring. Because seeing one character/actor continuously for 2-3 hours will become monotonous. I think because of other characters, the hero’s character also increases in stature. It doesn’t look boring when all characters appear after small-small gaps. This is my perspective. I’m not saying that this is the only and the right way of looking at it. Everyone has their own way of making films. If you look at all of my films there are so many characters but still, the main characters are presented in a beautiful way, so that nobody complains. Take the example of Anil Kapoor. I have written 12 films for him out of which I have directed a few. Look at his characters and performances in the films. At the same time, look at other characters and actors. All the characters had their own weight.

You’ve worked with the comedy legend Johnny Lever

He is as good, even better, a human as he is an actor. You are guaranteed to have fun working with him. You know, sometimes, we remove a scene from a film if that scene is breaking the flow of the film. I had removed one such scene of Johnny Bhai from ‘Pyar Toh Hona Hi Tha’. I had great fun shooting that scene with him because his comic timing, expressions, and mannerisms are unmatchable.

How did Johnny Lever react to that?

He said that the director is the captain of the ship. ‘Of course, all of us have worked hard on that scene. But if it is bothering the flow of the film, then I will never object to that scene being removed. I am an actor and my job is to act. It is up to the director what to keep in the final cut.’ His understanding was remarkable.

When he said, ‘
Anees bhai aapke saath kaam kar ke bada mazaa aaya,’ I asked him why he said so because he had worked with many big directors. So he said that most writer-directors don’t write scenes at length for them, assuming that they are comedians, so they will do something when the camera rolls. And we do that too. But the writing matters a lot in comedy and the way you have written these scenes, it felt so good because it happens rarely that we get a completely written scene to perform. And whatever Johnny bhai improvised in those scenes was beyond my imagination. I must say that he did what I as a writer-director couldn’t imagine.

s ‘No Entry Mein Entry’ going to be your next film?

Yes. By January or February, it shall go on the floors. We will be shooting it in India and abroad. All three male actors have double roles in the film. There will be 10 girls in the film. It will be a mix of retaining the ladies from the original and adding new ones to the cast.

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