One may associate Suniel Shetty’s name with action but he is most excited about the grey characters he portrays. Shetty, who was first seen in a negative role in
(2000) and then in
Main Hoon Na
(2004), will go gray for the third time in Anees Bazmee’s
, which releases this Friday. “If it works, I would like to explore more similar roles,”says Shetty.
, Shetty plays a master thief who robs diamonds but is looted by other thieves. “I look overpowering and menacing. At the same time, my character has a humorous side. That’s why I took up the challenge,” says Shetty. He also credits director Bazmee and his team of writers for balancing the anger and the comic timing of his character so well.
Talking about his fascination with antagonistic characters, the actor says, “I like playing gray characters. There is a whacked-out side of me in it, which is more fun. I prefer that rather than being a simple, straight, romantic hero.”
Talking about a change in audience sensibilities, the actor says, “The audience doesn’t want just romance anymore, it’s not about making films for NRIs. Because of a recession, people abroad are buying pirated DVDs and that market has gone down. And in India, it is still all about single screens and multiplexes, so people appreciate and watch different films that have a mass appeal.”
Coming back to
, Shetty says everyone believes that since it’s a Bazmee film, it’s bound to be only comedy. “But there’s a definite message in the film. Vijay Raaz’s character keeps asking where’s the end to this money chant?”