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“Happi is dedicated to Charlie Chaplin”

Chaplinesque film to release on the eve of his birth anniversary, touted as light-hearted comment on life in the big city.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2011 15:17 IST
Priyanka Jain

Chaplinesque film Happi starring Pankaj Kapur, is set to release a day before the late comedian’s birth anniversary on April 16. It’s National Award-winning director Bhavana Talwar planned the release as a tribute to Chaplin. “Dedicating it to him gives us a warm feeling in our hearts,” she says. Having grown on Chaplin’s films, the idea of telling the film in a Chaplinesque manner struck Talwar when Kapur told her the story of a comedian and his lonely life with a dog. She says, “I like the way Chaplin used the language of cinema to make a serious comment, but managed to keep the tone and the mood light. Eeryone had something they could take away from his films.”

However, she assures that her film or Kapur’s character, Happi are not inspired from any of Chaplin’s films. “What we have imbibed from him is the style of storytelling,” she says, informing that Kapur’s character, through his antics, makes you laugh, and at the same time highlights the issues of living in a big city. “Only Pankaj could have pulled off something like this. He has done a brilliant interpretation of this character and added the Chaplinesque style of acting,” she says.

The film is a sarcastic, yet light-hearted comment on the life in Mumbai. “Time is a rare commodity here. We are all chasing after success, money, power and rarely sit back and enjoy the simple pleasures,” she says, adding, “In this scenario comes Happi who refuses to be sad. He breezes through life with a smile on his face. His only companion is a little dog. You have see the film and decide whether a man like that fits in our society or not.” Despite losing his job as a singer in an old Irani restaurant that goes in for a makeover, Kapur’s character doesn’t lose heart. He carries a neutral, happy expression on his face even when he is sad. “He is a clown in our day to day life, much like Chaplin portrayed in his films,” says Talwar.

"Only Pankaj could have pulled off something like this. He has done a brilliant interpretation of this character" says Director Bhavana Talwar.