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Karan Johar is super cool: Riteish

Actor Riteish Deshmukh defends promos, insists filmmaker gave green signal for K3G footage. Speculations were that producer Ekta Kapoor had taken advantage of her friendship with filmmaker Karan Johar to grab eyeballs.

bollywood Updated: Apr 12, 2012 20:27 IST
Kavita Awaasthi
Kavita Awaasthi
Hindustan Times
Kya Super Kool Hain Hum,Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham,Ekta Kapoor

When the first promos of Kya Super Kool Hain Hum (KSKHH) aired, viewers were surprised to find footage from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (K3G) in them. Speculations began that producer Ekta Kapoor had taken advantage of her friendship with filmmaker Karan Johar to grab eyeballs. But actor Riteish Deshmukh, who is part of KSKHH, quashes such rumours.

Riteish says, “First of all, footage from one film can’t be used in another, without the permission of the maker. Hats off to Karan. He has has a sense of humour and agreed to let us use the footage from K3G, which is a classic. He understands that we aren’t making fun of his film but punning on ours.

We are trying to tell our audiences that KSKHH isn’t a family film. Karan is super cool with it and loves the promos.”

Sachin Yardi, who wrote the prequel and is the writer-director this time around, claims the filmmakers are fine with an ‘A’ certificate for this adult comedy. Talking about his film, Riteish says, “In the original film, Kyaa Kool Hai Hum (2005), we tried to maintain a sense of innocence in the characters. There was naughty content, but we never crossed the line. It was a novel concept seven years ago, which is why it took us so long to make a sequel. We wanted it to be bigger and better. We did not to repeat the humour and kept it unique. Shooting naughty scenes can be quite embarrassing, but we did it with a cool flair.”

In the film, Tusshar plays a struggling actor who makes a living by doing tele-shopping commercials, while Riteish aspires to be an international DJ but is stuck playing music for Gujarati rain dance parties.

Riteish can’t help but praise his co-actor and buddy Tusshar who he feels, “has grown as an actor with his work in the Golmaal series. He has opened up and improved with time. He is the only actor to play a mute character in the Golmaal films and he made it iconic.”

First Published: Apr 11, 2012 13:22 IST