Paresh Ganatra has shown he is an actor who can play any comic role with ease ranging from the funny guy in “No Entry” to the hero’s friend in “Rowdy Rathore” or the numerous characters on small screen. He shot to fame with serials like “Baa Bahu Aur Baby”. He is usually associated with comedy but he has also shown his negative side in “Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka”.
The Gujarati actor is associated with a number of Gujarati characters and storylines. Currently, though, he is busy entertaining viewers with his light-hearted family drama “Chidiya Ghar”on SAB TV.
Here he takes time out to talk about his approach to humour and the place of comedy in films.
Is there something called a Gujarati sense of humour and how is it still working?
If we talk about the Gujrati community then I would say it is very fun loving, and if you give them something they would definitely respond. There are basically two categories of humour — one is black humour and other is loud fun, and both are equally enjoyed by Gujarati people.
“Chidiya Ghar” Your show on SAB TV –‘Chidiya Ghar’ has completed 500 episodes...How are you feeling? How long do you think this run is likely to last?
The show has completed 500 and it’s been two years that I am involved in it. I am not at all bored with it, I enjoy it. The best part is everyone is friendly and into their characters. That is why you can see the chemistry between us. No one has an ego and they are willing to improvise. That’s the fun. The show has potential to continue for a while.
Do you feel that trading insults is necessarily insulting is a part of comedy?
Yes, obviously, I do feel that, as it’s been carried on from the past. Commenting about someone’s physical appearance has been a part of comedy; actresses like Tun Tun’ can be taken as an example.
Is the space for comic actors reducing in films? What do you feel about the space for comic actors in the films... have they been reduced?
I would say that it has neither been reduced nor increased; rather it has been distributed. Specific slots are there for comedy, as nowadays lead actors also want to try their hand at comedy as well. The competition has increased.
Would you prefer doing serious roles in future?
Of course I am looking forward to such roles because being an actor, I also want to show people my other side. I am very well occupied with my work as I pick and choose whatever comes my way; I do things which I feel are worth doing.