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Riteish Deshmukh goes behind the camera

Next year, Riteish Deshmukh will add a new title to his filmography — producer. The actor will kick off his film production plans from next year, his first project will be a Marathi film. Read on for more.

bollywood Updated: Jul 21, 2011 01:06 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times

Next year, Riteish Deshmukh will add a new title to his filmography — producer. The 32-year-old actor, famous for his comedy hits like Masti (2004), Kya Kool Hai Hum (2005) and Housefull (2010), is set to start film production under his banner, Mumbai Film Company.

“Yes, I am planning to start my maiden production venture next year. And in all likelihood, it will be a Marathi film,” says Riteish, who plans to juggle his productions with Marathi as well as Hindi movies. In fact, he’s likely to act in a few Marathi films he produces.

Ritesh Deshmukh

At the moment, he admits he’s “feeling great” to be a part of the hit Double Dhamaal (2011). “Actually, when you score a hit, the emotion is directly opposite to what you feel when a film doesn’t work,” says Riteish, with a laugh.

So, how does he feel having worked in the Dhamaal (2007) sequel? “I think the film’s robust humour quotient worked. Audiences always love to laugh. And that’s why a number of comedies work at the box-office,” he says.

He’s established himself as a comic hero, but he insists that’s not all there is to him. “I have done other films too. I acted in movies such as Cash (2007), Aladin (2009) and Jaane Kahan Se Aaayi Hai (2010) but nothing worked in other genres. But that doesn’t mean I won’t take a chance,” he insists.

Ask about the sequel to Kya Kool Hai Hum and he says, “We have just had a script session. And the story has worked out nicely. But the film is still in pre-production. So, I don’t even know who the heroines are.”

First Published: Jul 19, 2011 15:46 IST