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Following Dad's footsteps

Actor Tusshar Kapoor tells Ritujaay Ghosh that he wants to follow his father's footsteps and balance commercial and offbeat films simultaneously.
None | By Ritujaay Ghosh, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2008 06:40 PM IST

Romantic roles didn’t work for him but comic and negative ones did. This prompted Tusshar Kapoor to take up three releases — One, Two, Three among them — in all of which he plays funny-man.

You seem to have been smitten by the comic bug...
No, it’s just something I like doing and my roles have earned me accolades. But I’m ready to do other kinds of roles, too.

But neither Good Boy Bad Boy nor Dhol worked at the box office…

The films didn’t work but people liked me. That’s why I am taking up these projects. Films like Golmaal and Kya Kool Hai Hum worked. My role in Shootout At Lokhandwala, a totally negative one, changed my image. I got a chance to experiment after that.

Your character had shades of grey in Aggar too but it didn’t work either…
The film didn’t release at the right time. I think it also depends on the audience. Good films sometimes don’t work.

Is that why you are back to comedy?
I’m doing three films, Golmaal Returns, C Company and One, Two, Three, all of which are comedies but are still quite different from one another. While Golmaal Returns is a sequel, C Company is a light-hearted story and One Two Three is pure slapstick.

You play a don again…
I play a bhai, but it is very different from my Shootout… role. Here I play the son of a don. My proud mother encourages me to take supari.

Don’t you think your co-stars Paresh Rawal and Sunil Shetty have every chance of walking away with the credits, as they are seasoned in this genre?

Everyone has his or own USP. We form the backbone of the film and each of us have our responsibility.

Haven’t you ever thought of doing commercial and offbeat films simultaneously as your father did?
I would have loved to do it but there are no directors like Gulzar saab these days. I have always appreciated my father’s style of work and have tried to do it too. But then it’s not always about doing good films and getting good reviews. The commercial aspect needs to be looked at.

Is commercial success your most important concern?
Why shouldn’t it be? I have always wanted to do serious films… Khakee was one such film... I know I will ultimately follow my father’s footsteps.

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