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I know how to hit back: Tusshar

Tusshar Kapoor speaks to Roshmila Bhattacharya on his next releases, his funny guy image and more.

entertainment Updated: Mar 26, 2008 19:15 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya

Tusshar Kapoor speaks to Roshmila Bhattacharya on his forthcoming films, being labelled as the funny guy and more.

Up next are One Two Three, Golmaal Returns, C-Company and Run Bhola Run. Aren't you getting slotted as a funny man?
I don't think so. And even if I am, it's only an ace up my sleeve since comedies are big today. Also, they haven't taken me away from the other genres.

I'm doing Abbas-Mustan's first film production. I play a Gujarati boy who's a firm believer in the tradition of the Indian joint family.. ready for an arranged marriage.

It's the kind of role my father excelled in. Then, there's an action movie with Apu (Apoorva Lakia). I think the industry and the janta see me as a commercial hero.

In the film, you play a wanna-be hitman. Could you kill someone in dire circumstances?
Never. That's unimaginable.

So what's the worst thing you've ever done?
Well, I'm not really the vengeful sort but if someone hurts or betrays me, I never forget or forgive. Also, when I'm provoked I know how to hit back even though I may not react immediately.

<b1>There's been talk that Esha Deol, Sameera Reddy and Tanishaa were at war on the One Two Three sets.
There was a cold war on. But no crying buckets, stamping of feet or fisticuffs as reported. The girls spoke to one another, but there were issues even if they weren't apparent. I guess, it's the intense competition.

What would you do if you found an actor hogging the show in one of your films?

If he were a colleague, I'd put my foot down and tell the writer my lines can't be changed. If it were a senior, I'd probably take it in my stride without sparking a showdown.

You were the surprise packet of


The expectations will be higher in its sequel.

(Sighs) I know I'll be expected to raise the bar in

Golmaal Returns

. It's scary. I'm worried about getting too complacent or overconfident. This time I'll be more animated, my body language a little more exaggerated.

Is the

Kya Kool Hain Hum

sequel happening?

Yes, but not with Sangeeth Sivan. The remaining team is intact. It'll be sex comedy but not A-rated. We want to get the families in this time.

What's the status of



It's complete except for the songs. It should release in June. It's a slice-of-life film about three underdogs. With cameos by Karan Johar, Ektaa Kapoor… And Mahesh Bhatt.

You must be resenting disgruntled actors targeting your sister constantly.

Yeah, it's irritating that Ektaa is always being dragged into nasty controversies. The media reports are very one-sided too. Some time ago, there was this article about how we'd beaten up an ‘outside' worker when actually it was our guy who was beaten up. Fortunately, I don't have her talent for making headlines.

You must also be one of the few actors, who despite having a production company, does not have a string of movies featuring him on the floors?

(Laughs) Why should I put money on myself when others are ready to do it? Even when I was going through a low phase following a string of flops, Raj


(Rajkumar Santoshi) and Ramu (Ram Gopal Varma) offered me




, in the span of one week.

So there has been no need to produce a film for myself. But I want to. I'm just waiting for a rocking idea. Meanwhile, my kitty's full. With seven films, I have no reason to crib.

But there are no-mega deals with corporate houses?
There's a short- term deal with Ashtavinayak. Neeraj Vohra's Run Bhola Run is part of that agreement. It's a misadventure revolving around two thieves, Govinda and me.. a tapori movie full of masti.