Aftab Shivdasani is a name that many will associate with the adult comedy genre. He is to be seen next in ‘Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3’, his first appearance in the franchise. He is appearing on the big screen after three years and no doubt many will be happy to see him return.
BizAsia caught up with Shivdasani to talk about his forthcoming film.
You�۪re coming in ��Kya Kool Hai Hum 3�۪ after a gap of about 3 years, was that a conscious decision?
No it wasn�۪t a conscious decision, because I did play everything by ear. I was offered ��Kya Kool…�۪ last year where I started filming for it early last year. It just so happened that it just took time to be made, and I was shooting for two films ironically ��Grand Masti�۪ and ��Kya Kool��_�۪ simultaneously. Now, in fact they are both coming out in the first quarter of 2016.
As you said you played it by ear but comedy seems to be seems to be working for you, so have you decided to stick with just comedy now?
No, I�۪m not decided anything actually.. I don�۪t make so many plans; I just play them by ear. Whatever works out for me, if I�۪m excited about it, I�۪ll definitely do it. There�۪s no conscious decision to stick to a particular genre.
This is your fist experience in this popular franchise, how does your role fit into it?
I�۪ve done this genre before, which is comedy and I think this franchise was as big as ��Masti�۪ (2004), at that point of time and still is. So I think I�۪ve treated it as another film altogether, as a new film, as a new script. For me the script has actually worked, it�۪s a very radical script, and the ��Kya Kool…3�۪ track has nothing to do with Part 1 and Part 2. It�۪s another story altogether in the franchise. So I�۪ve treated it as another film and it just so happened it�۪s been made in the way. It�۪s off a very successful franchise.
There have been stories around that the censor board has been given so many cuts to ��Kya Kool��_3�۪. What is your take on that, particularly when this has been targeted as India�۪s first porn rom-com?
The censor board has done its job, it has certain guidelines to follow and we respect and accept that. Our film also has gone through its call of censor. When the censor board had seen it, it had requested for certain things and we have made adjustments, and today we sustained it well. We�۪re extremely happy with the film that the audiences are going to see on the 22nd of January. And so is the censor board, as the film is duely censored, it�۪s a win-win situation for everybody. This is the truth, and the film releases on the 22nd January and it�۪s absolutely exciting and we are very happy.
You�۪ve worked with Tusshar (Kapoor) and Mandana (Karimi) in the film. What would you say about your working experience with them?
With Tusshar it�۪s been a complete breeze because we�۪ve been buddies for about 2 or 3 years now, and when this film happened it�۪s just been an extension of the kind of vibe that we share. We have tremendous respect for each other and we hung out a lot. So it�۪s been completely effortless, and a breeze to work with him. He�۪s done a few comedy films before and he�۪s excelled in them. I�۪ve done a couple of comedy films, and we have this great camaraderie, which is great. You know, action-reaction, there�۪s great chemistry, but we hardly needed any rehearsals because the chemistry was effortless. Everything looked so natural from both parts.
With Mandana, I can say that she didn�۪t come across as somebody new. She comes across as somebody who’s extremely strong headed, and very focused. She knows exactly what she wants, which is good for anybody – especially a newcomer. I think she�۪s had a different track, she’s really gone and done a sweet romantic track in the film. I think she�۪s worked hard and done exceptionally well and of course now she�۪s in the ��Bigg Boss�۪ house, she�۪s become a household name so it�۪s worked out pretty well for her.
There have been reports around saying that you discussed the script of ��Kya Kool��_�۪ with your wife, and there have also been reports following saying that she wasn�۪t happy with the film. Do you have anything to say?
That�۪s a figment of somebody�۪s imagination and there�۪s no truth to it. I discuss anything with my wife that any husband would. It�۪s got nothing to do with anything else and she has been absolutely supportive and encouraging towards this film. In fact she�۪s been present throughout the shooting of this film, she�۪s really had a blast on this film. She�۪s even seen the film; in fact she laughed more than I did, which is great. So she�۪s been extremely supportive.
You makes the audiences laugh with your comedy. However, is there any particular person in the industry, or any kind of film scene that always make you laugh?
I love watching ‘The Hangover�۪; it�۪s one of my favourite films. I�۪ve seen it about 3 or 4 times, every time I watch it I always crack up. The humour�۪s just exceptional, because it reminds me of me and my friends. It�۪s really funny. I think it will go down as a cult film.
Are you open to doing more sex comedies?
Well, my next release is an adult comedy, which is ��Grand Masti�۪ that�۪s coming out end of March. So I have no qualms about doing it and I think it�۪s a growing genre in the country and worldwide. I think it�۪s a very, very popular genre so why not?
Lastly, are there any messages you want to give to your fans regarding this film?
I just want to say the 22nd January is going to be really special, so you must go an watch ‘Kyaa Kool…3’ at a theatre nearby. It�۪s a really funny film,but of course it�۪s only for adults so under 18s should not go and watch his film. All I want to say it�۪s a really funny film. It�۪s an extremely radical film. We�۪ve had a great time doing it, so we hope that you guys go and watch this film and really have a blast.
BizAsia would like to thank Aftab Shivdasani for taking the time to talk to us. ‘Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3’ is slated for release on 22nd January.