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NIKHIL VARMA
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chat Tusshar Kapoor sees Golmaal as a crucial turn in his career

Mutual admiration Tusshar and Amrita photo: Afp
Mutual admiration Tusshar and Amrita photo: Afp

H e is probably the most underrated actor in the industry and maintains a very low profile as well. He has found some success lately, with the Golmaal franchisee delivering three hits in as many years.

Tusshar Kapoor, often dwarfed by his sister Ekta Kapoor of the K-serials fame says, “Bollywood is evolving a lot. We need intelligent movies with a lot of masala and melodrama. Movies that expect you to dwell too much may not be a commercial success. It is very important to strike a balance.”

Talking about his latest film “I love you Mr. Kalakaar”, that will be released shortly, he says, “I play a free lance artist, who is a misfit in the corporate world. He cannot stick to a regular run-of-the mill job. In due course, he meets a corporate trainee, played by Amrita Rao and falls in love with her. The main protagonists are very different in their approach to situations and issues and that makes the story more interesting.”

Tusshar says that in real life, he is quite different from the protagonist.

“He also wants to achieve success, without being part of the rat race. I aim to be at the top, but feel that the only route to reach there is to participate in the rat race.”

Connect with audience

Coming from the Barjatya banner, is it going to feature elaborate sets, marriage sequences, festivals and the pomp and splendour?

“Not really, this is a story that is set in corporate India in contemporary times.”

He adds, “I do feel that some degree of the beauty of our customs, festivals and even weddings must be shown in our movies. It helps create a connect with the audience and increases the commercial viability of the movie. The new wave in Bollywood cinema is a positive development and good stories are being told.”

Tusshar admits that when “Golmaal” was offered, he was a little apprehensive.

“I was supposed to play a mute person, in the company of stalwarts like Ajay Devgan and Arshad Warsi. However, the voice modulation classes helped me get into the skin of the character and essay that role well.”

He was impressed by his co-star, Amrita Rao's dedication to her work. “She works like a perfectionist and immerses herself into the character. It helps you strike chemistry, and filming the movie with her was great fun.”

Tusshar has received many rave reviews about his latest movie, “Shor In The City”.

“I am happy that people have liked the movie. It is a genre that is new in the industry. It is a positive development that it has been received well by the critics and the audience.”

NIKHIL VARMA

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