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'Defying my comic image, I will play a grey-shades tough cop in my next': Tusshar Kapoor

Thursday, July 04, 2019
By Chaitanya Padukone

For ‘ageless’ actor Tusshar Kapoor, making an impact in ‘comedy roles ’ seems to have become more of a ‘cakewalk’ as he has been seen in a series of hilarious movies including the ‘Golmaal’ series including the supernatural comedy ‘Golmaal Again’. This time the versatile Tusshar has played the lead role in his producer-sister Ekta Kapoor’s freak-out family entertainer digital web-series titled ‘Booo Sab Ki Phategi’ on ALT Balaji directed by Farhad Samji, which is a wacko horror-comedy. The Afternoon D&C connected with modest, affable Tusshar for an exclusive candid chat. Excerpts:

Tell us what ‘Booo-SKP ‘ on ALT Balaji is all about?
It’s an out-of-this world family entertainer, with elements of scare-fare horror zombie elements, laced with wild mad dhamaal-comedy and a dash of cool erotica. These days especially after the success of this movie ‘Stree’ audiences love to watch slick horror-comedies. Out here one doesn’t even to go to the theatres. ‘ALT Balaji--Booo..’ is accessible on your cell-phone, desk-top or lap-top.

It’s an ensemble cast that you get to see, isn’t it?
In my digital debut I play this lead character ‘Maanav’, in ‘Boo..’ we have stalwart comedians like Krishna Abhishek, Kiku Sharda, Sanjay Mishra, glam-girl Shefali Zariwala and of course international oomph-babe Mallika Sherawat who plays ‘Haseena’ the glamorous ‘ghost’. It may be recalled, that 17 years ago, Sherawat was my co-star in the movie ‘Jeena Sirf Merre Liye’, which was her cameo acting debut.

Any difference you observed in Mallika after you reconnected with her?
We are flooded with compliments both of us (Mallika and I) still look ‘so fresh and rejuvenated’. Although Mallika has that rebel dare-bare image, at heart she still is a calm, large-hearted, cinema-savvy yet confident person. Although we have ‘not’ shared screen-space ‘together’ this time, but we met on the ‘Booo..’ sets and hit-it-off as we met just after 17 weeks (laughs). She is an exemplary super-achiever.

There is always this risk of ‘hamming’, did you maintain a control-balance?
That’s right, I had to ensure that there was no hamming or hyper-performances. We have such amazing witty punch-lines in the double-meaning dialogues and hilarious gags contributed by ace writer Paritosh Painter.

There is this recurring song theme in ‘Booo..’ of this redux of this iconic retro RDB track of ‘Duniya Mein Logon Ko’….
In our web-series ‘Booo..’ we have this reprised energetic retro-track ‘Duniya Mein’, composed by genius maestro R D Burman. Which is repeatedly played in the background, to also suggest how some of the screen-characters become a butt of ‘April Fool’ spooky pranks.

What’s next in your acting kitty?
There is this upcoming serious thriller movie tentatively titled ‘Marechha’ where I play a tough cop with grey shades. Besides I am also co-producing this movie ‘Laxmmi Bomb’, but I am ‘not’ part of the cast.

What are your stress-busters after ‘pack-up’?
As is known, I am a follower of Nichiren Buddhism which helps one to unwind. It’s a huge stress-buster when I spend quality time with my cute son Laksshya. Just watching him play, relaxes me and gives me immense joy.

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