We’ve just wrapped up shooting for Golmaal 3 in Hyderabad. Tusshar (actor Tusshar Kapoor) was as much fun as he was while shooting for Golmaal Returns. He understands my instructions fast and really well,” says Vikas Kadam, who has trained Tushar Kapoor for his mute act across the Golmaal series. The theatre actor also trained Kajol for her role as an Alzheimer’s patient in Ajay Devgn’s directorial debut, U Me Aur Hum.
“Ajay and I met on the sets of the first Golmaal movie that Rohit Shetty was making. A common friend who had seen my work in Marathi theatre thought I could help Tusshar Kapoor enact his mute character better. I read the script and worked on Golmaal throughout its schedules. Ajay was impressed. But we didn’t keep in touch after the film was completed,” says Kadam.
Later, Devgn requested him to help him with Kajol’s role in U Me Aur Hum and their association has continued through films like Golmaal Returns, Golmaal 3 and All The Best.
Kadam believes that actors need to be trained to enact characters with disabilities. “Tusshar’s mute act would have gone unnoticed if Rohit didn’t insist on the mannerisms and sounds. We improvised on it in Golmaal Returns and eventually, also in Golmaal 3. While helping Kajol, I had to keep in mind that she was playing a girl who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. We specifically worked on her eye movements, her body language and gestures,” he says.
More recently, Kadam trained actress Snigdha Srivastava for 20 days for her role in the TV show Shorr, which airs on Sahara One. “I trained her to play a simple and submissive mute girl,” Kadam explains. “She had to understand how such a person functions. She doesn’t have a single line of dialogue throughout the show and has to emote everything through her eyes and hand gestures.”