Filmmaker Priyadarshan, known for some of the most successful comedies on the sidelines, says he doesn’t laugh much in real life. The director, who directed Hindi Comedy Films in the 2000s like Hera Pheri, Hungama, Garam Masala and Malamaal Weekly, measured the humor in his films by the breadth of his smile.
“It’s hard to create the perfect situation for comedy and it makes people laugh even more. First, I make sure I can laugh. Because I generally don’t laugh (so much), I laugh. But once I know I can smile, they will assure me that people in the Theaters can laugh. That’s how I measure and have been doing it for the last 39 years, ”Priyadarshan told PTI.
The director began his career in Malayalam cinema in the early 80s, and is credited with directing some of the funniest and most acclaimed comedies of the time, starting with directors Poochakkoru Mookkuthi (1984), Boeing Boeing and Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu.
Priyadarshan also made Tamil and Telugu before moving to Hindi cinema with the 1992 film Muskurahat. Gardish (1993) continued with the crime drama and the 1997 film Anil Kapoor starring Virasat.
After receiving tough dramas, Priyadarshan switched to Bollywood comedies with the cult Hera Pheri, along with actors Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Suniel Shetty, and in the genre changed the grammar of Hindi Films with her tremendous humor. always led by a team.
“I’ve done films in different languages in the genres and I’ve realized that people are the same in terms of humor. So I’m not afraid of the pressure to make people laugh, ”the 64-year-old director said.
What Priyadarshan faces, however, is the challenge of turning his comedies into inventions. The filmmaker said he faces the temptation to repeat what has worked and is always aware of the audience he is serving.
“I’ve never done comedy films for smart characters. I do it for people who have a child inside. Writing comedy is not easy. You need to be careful not to repeat what you have done before. The technique is the same, the plot changes. That’s how I navigate. It’s hard, but once it’s cracked, you feel good. “
Priyadarshan is currently awaiting the release of his latest comedy in Bollywood, Hungama 2, on Disney + Hotstar on July 23rd. The filmmaker will return to Hindi cinema after the 2013 Rangrezz action drama.
What pushed Priyadarshan to return to his beloved genre was the lack of comedy in Bollywood.
“I thought it was the right time to return to Hindi Films because I found that there is a shortage of Humorous Films. This is my genre, Fraternity film Hindi and the audience supports me. Every time I tried humor, I worked almost 90%. So I thought I’d try again “.
Like most of his Hindi comedies that were remakes of his Malayalam Films, Hungama 2 takes its Essence from the 1994 romantic comedy Minnaram. The director came up with the idea to adapt the Malayalam film from superstar Mammootty, who wondered why he didn’t make that film again for Hindu audiences.
“The original, even with a lot of humor, is a tragedy in the end. So Mammootty suggested I remove the Tragedy bit and turn it into a whole fun movie. Then I rewrote almost 50% of the film and added new characters, adapted them. I treated the original Hungama the way I wrote it, ”he added.
With Hungama 2, the director has teamed up with Rawal, his longtime collaborator who has remained constant in most of his comedies, Hera Pheri, Hungama, Garam Masala, Hulchul and Chup Chup Ke, among others.
Priyadarshan landed the character of Rawal in the film Hungama 2, the character of an unsure husband in front of the actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra.
“Paresh fits in very well with the piece. Even when I was writing I thought of Baburao. This time I thought of another type of Baburao who is constantly questioning his young and beautiful wife. He misunderstands and complicates the situation, “he added.
Meezaan and Pranitha Subhash also appear in Hungama 2.