He’s not mute, a la Tusshar Kapoor in the Golmaal series. But actor Shreyas Talpade has no Hindi dialogue in Shirish Kunder’s 3D sci-fi adventure drama, Joker. He speaks an alien tongue and is confident that it will catch on with the audience.
“On the first day of the shoot, I spoke in, what sounded like gibberish. No one had a clue about what was going on, but they were all amused. Now it’s become the standard lingo on the sets,” says Shreyas, adding, “Unlike Tusshar’s vocal sounds in Golmaal (2006), Golmaal Returns (2008) and Golmaal 3 (2010), which were easy to interpret, this language is completely unintelligible at first. But as the story unfolds, you begin to figure it out.”
He insists that this is one of his most challenging roles. “When Shirish approached me with it, he told me candidly that he didn’t really have a role for me, just a vision. If I accepted his offer, I could decide how to play the part, since it has never been attempted before.
Besides, it had no role model or even a reference point,” the actor reminisces, adding that he created it from scratch. “Joker is set in a whacked out village. And this is a whacko character too,” he says.
Meanwhile, Shreyas is gearing up for his next release, Aditya Dutt’s Will You Marry Me? The movie is a rom-com revolving around three friends — one waits for the day he’ll get married, the other swears never to tie the knot and a confused third’s life turns upside down when he meets a girl.
Shreyas chuckles, “It’s an ironic comment on today’s youth that shies away from any kind of commitment. Fortunately, I’m married and living happily ever since.”