Both Shreyas Talpade and Jaaved Jaffri have donned the garb of women for their upcoming comedy flick Paying Guest. But while the former says he’s had his fill of playing a woman, the latter confesses it comes easily to him.
Talpade reminisces, “It was an ordeal spending almost three hours in make-up for someone who is usually ready in minutes.” But what was really torturous, he says, was the full-body waxing session he was made to go through on director Paritosh Painter’s strict instructions. “How do women go through it every month?” he shudders.
Jaffri, though, says the role was a breeze. “I have played a woman earlier as well. In Tehalka, I had a single scene but in Mr. Shrimati, it was a full-fledged role and I really worked hard for it. So it wasn’t anything new for me. It was kind of easy for me,” Jaaved said, adding, “I understand the body language of women very well. I know their mannerisms so it’s not so difficult for me.”
Talking about his role, Talpade says, “I was in drag through almost 60 per cent of the film. I used to joke that I was paired with both Celina Jaitley and Ashish Chaudhury.”
He adds that for his performance, he picked up several nuances of acting from his grandmother, his mother and wife Deepti. “I like the way Deepti flicks back the hair from her face at times. Since I had a long choti, I’d play around with it just like she does,” he laughs. And after two back-to-back drag acts in Golmaal Returns and Paying Guest, Shreyas is determined to remain Adam for the next five years, unless it’s a one-minute appearance. “And then I’ll make sure I have a no-waxing clause in my contract,” he jokes.