Upcoming Hindi film Babloo Happy Hai is about a group of youngsters exploring and finding love on a road trip, we find out from the star cast of the movie whilst they were in Chandigarh on Tuesday for the film's promotion. Feels like you've heard the story before, right? Actors Sahil Anand, Preet Kamal and Sumit Suri beg to differ.
According to city boy Sahil, who was last seen in Karan Johar's Student of the Year, it took director Nila Madhab Panda seven years to make this film even though he had written the script well before the release of his other two films: I Am Kalam (2011) and Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid (2012). "Nila felt that there was a certain emotional level that both he and the general audience needed to be at before he attempted Babloo Happy Hai," adds Sahil, further adding, "It's his first attempt at a commercial film, but it'll definitely be a unique take."
Babloo Happy Hai, which releases February 7, has Sahil playing a guy with a wandering eye who is confused about what direction to take in life. The actor laughs about the wandering eye bit. "I'm a Chandigarh boy, I can connect with such a role, having done the rounds of MCM DAV College when I was here," he laughs, but adds on a serious note the reason he became an actor. "I want my voice to have such meaning that when I speak, people not only listen but actually believe in what I say," he says.
Meanwhile, Preet Kamal, the film's female lead, would make a debut with Babloo Happy Hai. Armed with a master's degree in business administration, Preet shifted from the UK to Mumbai recently to try her luck in acting, something that she always wanted to do. "I applied for an acting course as soon as I got to Mumbai and within a few months, opportunity knocked on my door. This in itself was worth overcoming many challenges," says Preet, adding that the film comes with a social message, but one they can't reveal until its release. "It isn't all comedy as it appears to be," she says.
While most Bollywood films are getting inane with the inclusion of ample sexual overtones, the cast believes that this is what the public responds to. Says Sumit Suri in defence of such films, "I have seen people laugh at the same things that we call stupid. Even in the case of Babloo Happy Hai, there is some amount of nudity. But now, people of all age groups want the films to have a realistic touch." Guess two flowers intertwined doesn't cut it anymore in the industry. And what about this growing trend of multi-starrers? "It's so that people don't get bored looking at just one person," the trio laughs.