Often, gags might go slightly wrong. But when you have eight years of experience pulling them off, you try to salvage the situation somehow.
The first episode of MTV Bakra’s new season didn’t go as planned. The gag was to have John Abraham give fitness tips to the patrons of Gold’s Gym, Bandra, and later for Cyrus to come disguised as John’s assistant and ask them for money.
In the final few minutes, the gag took an ugly turn when a patron became upset and openly confronted John. “No one’s confronted me before, maybe because of my size. But the truth is, I don’t know how to fight!” says Abraham.
It turned out that the confrontation was only to turn the bakra around on John. But he caught on and turned a deaf ear to the patron.
“They said you were doing a bakra on someone, and then they did a bakra on me! But I knew something was amiss when the guy came after me,” Abraham adds.
Broacha, meanwhile, was trying to crank up the funnies, but wasn’t sure if the John gimmick would work. “It was going to be a tough gag because people recognise John here. Plus, I was worried he’d punch the guy. Our planning wasn’t good on this one, but we’re going to be cautious since we’re now also targeting a more upmarket segment of society,” he says.
Bakra episodes have backfired in the past too, and last minute improvisations are not new to the crew. ”We have flop gags on the roads. If we shoot seven, we get three good ones. Sometimes it goes all over the place – we become desperate. And then we turn it around on producers, cameramen, even me! We just don’t trust anyone!” Broacha adds.
So while Broacha and Abraham took it in their stride, MTV has had to postpone the episode until later so they could debut with a successful gag.