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Suniel Shetty seeks satisfaction

Having done both action and comedy, the actor now wants to enjoy his work more, writes Hiren Kotwani.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 18:00 IST

Suniel Shetty began his career as an action hero, but today he seems have made a shift away from that genre into comedy.

Shetty claims he finds "greater satisfaction in any film that excites me today. If it has a great cast, the packaging is right. It's not just a new producer or director, actor, actress anymore."

He also feels that action films and stunts in India are not up to the mark of Hollywood films and therefore cannot attract audiences in big numbers.

 

 Shetty wants to do quality work

We meet the actor-businessman at the office of his company, Popcorn Entertainment, where he is promoting his role in

Phir Hera Pheri

. But we begin by talking about reports of him taking a break from films.

"I want to do three films a year. After 17-18 years in the profession now, I have done a lot of different characters, especially in the last couple of years, but I think I'm being a little repetitive at times," he explains.

"Henceforth I want to concentrate on doing good work that I believe in, qualitywise and otherwise. I want to enjoy myself more."

Moving on to his next release, when asked about obvious comparisons between Phir Hera Pheri and the original Hera Pheri, Shetty says, "It's funnier than Hera Pheri, but I don't know if it's a better film, because that had Priyadarshan at the helm — a proven classic and a household name. I don't know if we'll be able to achieve what has already been achieved, and even if we do, there will always be people who will feel that the sequel is not as good as the original."

Admitting to the weight of expectations, Shetty says, "That's why I'm saying don't compare the two. But curiosity is high, theaters today are better and it's got a much better platform than Hera Pheri ever got. While the first became a super hit over a period of time, this one has the advantage of being close to the finishing line even before it starts its run in the cinemas."

This time Shetty's character has been spiced up with a romantic angle. "Shyam is the same simple, naïve character, in love with Anuradha (Bipasha Basu), who reminds him of the first Anuradha (Tabu in Hera Pheri). A little more romantic this time, he does win her over. But they're all after something and whether they get it or not forms the crux of the film," he says, adding, "He is basically the same Shyam who doubts anything and everything that Raju says and does.

They love each other but hate each other also." Tell him that Priyadarshan reportedly doesn't feel the need for a sequel to Hera Pheri and Shetty responds, "That's something he believed, so he said it. I think Feroz (Nadiadwala) and others believed the characters would work, which is why they've been put in different situations and circumstances."