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Phir Hera Pheri is disappointing: Priyan

"Where's the soul in the film", asks the director who made the original version. Diganta Guha shares some details.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2006 19:41 IST

Hera Pheri was director Priyadarshan’s baby. Someone else, however, has directed its successful sequel, Phir Hera Pheri. The filmmaker from Kerala has been busy with other things. His last three movies - Garam Masala, Malamaal Weekly and Chup Chup Ke have done good business at the box-office. HT City caught up with the director. 

Have you seen Phir Hera Pheri? What is your opinion of it?
I am disappointed. Where’s the soul in the film? Hera Pheri dealt with people’s problems. With Hera Pheri I could make people identify themselves. It may have got a good initial but I don’t think it will be able to sustain it. There’s nothing wrong with the performances, they have improved a lot, but in my view the problem lies with the screenplay and not so-mature treatment.

How is Chup Chup Ke different?
It is my first attempt at a full-fledged Hindi film. It is not a typical Priyadarshan film you can say. There’s some buffoonery, comedy and little bit of romance. It looks more like a Yash Chopra film. Chup Chup Ke is what you can call a romantic comedy. It is a young film with no double meaning dialogues. It is a family entertainer.

"There’s nothing wrong with the performances, they have improved a lot, but the problem lies with the screenplay and not so-mature treatment," he says.

Please elaborate on the humour aspect of the film. How is it different from your other films?


I have tried out different types of comedy over the years —

Hera Pheri

was humour on human poverty, Hungama was humour of errors, Hulchul was a family comedy and

Chup Chup Ke

, as I said, is a romantic comedy.

Of late, you have been working a lot on multi-starrers…
I depend on the script and then the characterisations happen. It is the script that is the hero and the rest just follows. 

What according to you is the USP of the film?
Rajpal Yadav and Paresh Rawal. People love both of them. Paresh provides the humour of the film.  

Kareena and you share a very special rapport…
She is the most obedient actor I have come across. She trusts me a lot. In fact, she didn’t even hear the script when I approached her. She just said, “I will work with you.”

What about Shahid?
I worked with him for the first time in Chup Chup Ke. In my view he has to grow as an actor. Yes, he is improving, but he still has a long way to go.

What’s next?
Bhagam Bhag. After that comedy takes a backseat. I will try something serious. I have two scripts.