When Priyadarshan confirms his new film with Akshay Kumar, it’s news, in fact. A veteran filmmaker, box office wizard and national award winner, he has offered comedies like “Hera Pheri”, “Bhool Bhulaiyaa”, “Garam Masala” and “Bhagam Bhag” with the Bollywood superstar. Confirming that he is collaborating with Akshay, Priyadarshini told the IANS: “Yes it is happening next year. It was supposed to happen this year but it was encouraged. We will start filming next year.”
Asked if their new film is a comedy, the filmmaker replied: “It will be a comedy film. I don’t want to take any more risks. Let me entertain my audience. So far, the films we have both worked on have been very successful. They had almost a nice emotional ending. They were 70’s comedy movies. “
Prior to filming with Akshay, Priyan, who is well known to friends and colleagues, is working on preparing for the release of the new film “Hungama 2”. Comedy features Paresh Rawal, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Meezaan Jaffrey and Pranitha Subhash. The filmmaker has made it clear that the film is not an extension of the 2004 hit “Hungama”.
“It’s not a follow-up to Hungama. It’s a different story to be treated like Hungama. There’s confusion, situations, a comedy of mistakes and a slap in the face, but the plot is completely different. There will be incidents of laughter, I think,” he said.
Priyadarshan’s name is synonymous with entertaining comedy films. What are its secret ingredients?
“It’s very difficult to make people laugh. It’s the hardest thing to create situations and mixes. In fact, the moment he becomes a buffoon, the film will have bad taste. It should be believable and genuine. It’s important to maintain that balance.” he replied.
Like many other films, “Hungama 2” is also being released on an OTT platform instead of Theater, amid the ongoing Pandemic. Would he miss the big screen experience?
“I’d rather be able to premiere in theaters, sit back and enjoy with the audience. I’m a member of the old school. I’ve directed myself by sitting with people and watching my movies, watching what they like and what they don’t. I’m going to miss that learning process,” the filmmaker said. he added: “But even in OTT, everyone from grandpa to grandson can sit together and laugh. There is no ordinary or double meaning in this film. It will be absolutely enjoyable. They are meant to watch comedy films en masse because it is contagious laughter.”
With the pandemic affecting our lives in every way, does Comedy need an hour for our emotional well-being? “We know how the economy works, how people have lost money, they’ve lost their jobs. How they’re struggling not to go outside and be locked up in their homes. What’s the point of smiling? I feel like a comedy these days can be a very good medicine,” he said. directors.
Priyadarshan, however, does not believe that OTT platforms will completely replace cinemas. “OTT is certainly popular, but movies like Titanic, Baahubali or Avatar are meant for the big screen. You can’t see them on your phone. You can’t enjoy images. Another reason is that in our country, the cheapest entertainment of an ordinary man, especially the middle class , is taking the family to the cinema. Also, the pleasure of going to the Theater with friends and family, you can’t sit that pleasure at home and watch the movie., Theaters will survive all over the world despite the great influence of OTT platforms, ”they opined.
Priyadarshan’s new director “Hungama 2” will be released on Disney + Hotstar on July 23rd.
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