Unique interview! Aftab Shivdasani on 17 years of ‘Masti’: I used to be first provided Riteish Deshmukh’s function within the movie | Hindi Film Information

Inder Kumar’s ‘Masti’ broke limitations of style and content material when it was launched 17 years in the past. The movie turned one of many first grownup comedies to hit the Rs 100 crore mark. ETimes spoke to Aftab Shivdasani, who has been part of the ‘Masti’ trilogy. In an unique interview, he opened up about how he got here on board for the movie, the bond he shares along with his co-stars Riteish Deshmukh and Vivek Oberoi, and extra. Excerpts…

‘Masti’ will full 17 years of launch. How do you look again on the movie at this time?
Wow! Didn’t realise it was 17 years in the past! How time flies! I look again on the movie as a memorable and enjoyable expertise. A movie the place I made such beautiful buddies and my first tryst with a never-been-done earlier than comedy style. It is a movie that I’ll cherish endlessly!

How did you come on board for the movie?
It’s fairly an interesting story as to how I got here on board. Indu ji (Inder Kumar) narrated it to me, and, the truth is, provided me Riteish Deshmukh’s function (the one of many henpecked husband) and regardless that I beloved the script and thought it was hilarious, I respectfully advised him that I had simply performed one thing like that in ‘Awara Paagal Deewana’ and that I’d like to work with him on the rest he was engaged on. We parted that day, solely to reconnect just a few days later, when he provided me the function that I ultimately performed (Prem) and to which I stated sure! And the remainder is historical past.

You have been recognized within the business to your chocolate boy appears and boy-next-door characters. Have been you sceptical if you have been provided a job on this movie?
I did have the boy-next-door/chocolate boy picture going for me at the moment however I had already dabbled with comedy in ‘Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega’ and ‘Awara Paagal Deewana’ so I knew that there was a sure acceptance I had with the viewers within the comedy house. Although the grownup comedy style was new, the script and the conviction of everybody on board have been so robust that I knew that it will be made nicely. Therefore, I made a decision to go together with it as I’ve all the time tried to do one thing totally different.
What have been the form of reactions that you simply acquired after the movie launched?
The movie was very nicely acquired and the reactions have been excellent; as in, it was all constructive. In fact, the critics panned it nevertheless it was the plenty who beloved the movie. In actual fact, what was so fascinating was that even the household audiences beloved it and the funniest factor I heard that husbands and wives went individually with their very own teams of buddies to observe it! All of us have been appreciated within the movie as a result of our chemistry was spoken about very nicely. What was gratifying was to see that the danger paid off.

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How was it working with Riteish Deshmukh and Vivek Oberoi?
It was a blast as all three of us received alongside from day one, no cling ups, no points, nothing! In actual fact, it was so easy that Indu ji couldn’t separate us even after he stated ‘reduce’. It’s been three movies since then (the Masti trilogy) and he nonetheless can’t separate us. We actually have a whatsapp group with simply the three of us even at this time!

Any humorous anecdotes which you could share with us out of your taking pictures days?
Mainly the entire movie was a lot enjoyable to shoot that daily was memorable. I keep in mind we have been taking pictures the scene the place the long-lasting line, “I’ve an thought, guys!” and my character Prem instigates his two buddies who’re additionally pissed off with life sufficient to have an affair and we have been taking pictures nights in Marine drive in Mumbai. I had actually lengthy traces in that scene and we did fairly just a few rehearsals because it was a protracted shot on a gradual digicam. It turned out that we did the shot in only one take and that take has been retained and have become one of the talked about scenes within the movie.

Who did you bond with essentially the most on the units?
I bonded with Ritesh and Vivek as we have been collectively for a lot of the scenes. It was additionally a lot enjoyable taking pictures with Ajay sir who has this very critical motion picture however he turned out to be essentially the most chilled out and the most important prankster on the set in order that made it much more enjoyable. Nevertheless it’s most vital to say that the individual on the set who all of us beloved is the director Indu ji who has the craziest and funniest sense of humour and truly introduced us all collectively so nicely; it made magic occur! Additionally, particular point out to all our co stars – Tara Sharma, Genelia Deshmukh, Amrita Rao and Lara Dutta, who have been so wonderful to work with as nicely.


The movie had some chartbusters. Which one is your favorite?
I feel regardless that it’s technically a tragic music within the movie, however ‘Dil De Diya Hai’ by Anand Raaj Anand was just about everybody’s favorite because it was so stunning and soulful. In actual fact, even at this time we get messages about that music.

How is it working with Inder Kumar?
I’ve performed 4 movies with Indu ji (The ‘Masti’ franchise and ‘Daddy Cool’) and it has been such an incredible expertise as he’s such an exquisite individual other than being such an achieved filmmaker. He’s somebody who has had a terrific affect on our performances all by the ‘Masti’ sequence as he himself has such an impeccable comedian sense. To consider it, he has made landmark movies like ‘Dil’, ‘Ishq’ and ‘Beta’, it’s actually been a privilege to work with him.

Indian viewers has change into extra accepting by way of style and content material. How do you have a look at this variation, as an actor?
I feel because the audiences are evolving, newer genres are being experimented with and are working as nicely. I’ve all the time maintained that the audiences are very sensible and so they actually dictate what works and what doesn’t. By no means take them without any consideration. As an actor, it’s a really thrilling time as one can now experiment with varied topics/genres with out the concern of getting typecast or being slotted.

What’s subsequent?
I’m at the moment taking pictures for the second season of the present ‘Particular Ops’ with Neeraj Pandey sir and it’s such a delight working with him. I’ve all the time needed to work with him and it is a nice collaboration. Additionally, Kay Kay Menon sir whose expertise and work I’ve admired for a very long time. There’s additionally Aadil Khan in it, who debuted with ‘Shikara’ in 2020, who’s an exquisite expertise as nicely. In addition to that, I’ve just a few issues lined up and can talk about them in time.

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