Riteish Deshmukh is known primarily for the comedy films he’s been a part of. However, in 2014’s ‘Ek Villain’ he played a negatively shaded character. When asked whether he would play such a character again, Deshmukh spoke about his plans.
In a recent interview with Stardust, Deshmukh revealed, “These roles and these films just happened, it wasn�۪t planned. Both the films had absolutely off casting. People said it was wrong casting – Riteish as a villain in a film titled Ek Villain was wrong, because there were fears. When people meet me, they say that whenever we see you on the screen, we feel there will be something funny.”
He went on to say, “There are two battles now while doing a film like Ek Villain; you have to be decent at what you�۪re doing; at the same time, you have to convince people that I�۪m not the same guy from Housefull or Masti. It was a double challenge to work on things. Strangely, 10 days before Ek Villain, Genelia (D�۪Souza Deshmukh) had told me that I should do a negative role, and I said if an offer is good, the film is great and the role is exciting enough to do, I�۪ll do it. I got the film. And then the tough thing was to be convincing, and to perform it well enough so that people don�۪t mind me doing it. Once that was done, the biggest challenge was that the film was successful and liked. So I presume that today, even after two years, if you ask me about the film, I feel really�� good that I was successful playing the role I was offered. Had the film failed, people would have forgotten it, and I would have failed as a villain, and the doors would have shut again.”
On what he’s doing after ‘Housefull 3’ (2016), Deshmukh also shared, “The films are to be release are Masti, then Banjo, Bankchor, Mauli, Chhatrapati Shivaji (with Ravi Jadhav again, the director of Banjo). And I have locked on one script which is an action-drama film with Anubhav (Sinha) called Hunkaar. He is back after Tum Bin, so we�۪ll figure out when to start that.”
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