Anthony...: A clever comedy
After Munnabhai MBBS, Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi (Circuit) are a hot combo. So that should work in favour of Raj Kaushal's Anthony Kaun Hai? Not quite, because the two actors are not playing Munnabhai and Circuit in the film, naturally. And the fact that Lage Raho Munnabhai, the sequel to Munnabhai MBBS, is releasing in about a month, makes things even more confusing.
The director of Anthony Kaun Hai? — who was in town with his team of stars (Arshad, Minissha Lamba and Anusha Dandekar) on Saturday — makes it clear his film, though a comedy, is distinctly different from Lage Raho Munnabhai.
Anthony… has been shot in Bangkok, and Arshad says he loves the food of the Southeast Asian country. By a strange coincidence HT City found him digging into Thai food when we caught up with the team over lunch at a city hotel.
Minissha and Anusha say that their roles in the film are quite close to what they are in real life. "Raj instructed me to be myself and not any other person," says Minissha. According to Anusha it's the narration of the story, which makes the film so different. "It's a comedy but it's also a film that keeps you guessing throughout," she says.
Arshad calls the film a "very intelligent one". And Minissha adds that the comedy, too, is very clever. "The story keeps going back and forth and the thrill element is there," says Arshad, according to whom serious films are much easier to do than comedy.
All the actors are full of praise for the director. "The best part about Raj is he lets you be yourself. He gives you a lot of creative space," says Minissha, who politely dismissed our query on her bit role in Madhur Bhandarkar's Corporate with a simple "Thank you (for noticing?)".
Anusha, the VJ who debuted in films in Viruddh is confident that Sanjay and Arshad will not overshadow her in the film.
As for Arshad and Sanjay, the hit pair hit it off together as well. "It's Sanjay's birthday today (July 29) and I'm hoping to be back in Mumbai to celebrate with him," says Arshad.