The ending credits of TV star Josh Radnor’s directorial debut, Happythankyoumoreplease, are similar to that of Shah Rukh Khan’s Om Shanti Om (2007), he revealed in his first ever telephonic interview with an Indian publication. Radnor plays the titular character of Ted Mosby in the popular TV comedy series, How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM).
"I haven’t seen the entire movie," Radnor says, "but I caught its end credits and adored it. The part where everyone comes out of their cars reminded me of the curtain calls in theatre. I liked how characters come back from the dead so they can be celebrated on stage. In Happythankyoumoreplease, I have done something similar during the ending credits."
Radnor, whose film was screened at the Sundance Festival along with Aamir Khan’s Peepli Live, found that to be coincidental too. "Lagaan (2001) was one of the first Bollywood movies I ever saw," he divulged. "There was talk that Lagaan’s producers were showcasing a movie. But I couldn’t make time to catch Peepli Live."
The amicable actor, who tries to learn as much as possible about the Indian film industry, says he is "delighted" at the cultural exchange between Hollywood and Bollywood. "With Brett Ratner working on an Indian movie, and Slumdog Millionaire (2009) being such a phenomenon, the exchange is getting interesting," he says.
Josh Radnor, who has also written the script for his film, Happythankyoumoreplease, was in India for a friend’s wedding for two weeks last year, and may come back to seek inspiration. "I loved South India — it’s a beautiful place," he says. "I would love to come back, write something about the place, and thank HIMYM fans for watching. Let’s hope it happens soon!"