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IN FORM Paresh Rawal
IN FORM Paresh Rawal

"Hattrick" or not, Paresh Rawal's acting score keeps mounting

"Give me good roles. I am sick and tired of being branded a comedian". Paresh Rawal has been shouting it from the rooftops: Now, he has been heard. First by Milan Luthria whose Hattrick is scheduled to release during the World Cup. Then by producer Sunil Manchanda who offered Rawal a meaningful role in Chini Kum.In Hattrick, he plays an interesting role of an Indian citizen settled in England for 14 years. He struggles to get a work permit. And when he does get it, he feels like a king. That makes him "command the British workers to serve" him in restaurants! He is cricket crazy too. The role, Rawal says, has helped him understand how difficult it is for Indian citizens to get work permits abroad.He says about Hattrick, "I have always liked Milan for raising pertinent issues. I had a desire to work with him. Thank God, he came up with a significant role for me. Otherwise, I am tired of playing comic roles that lack depth."

"Sardar" days

He still craves for title roles like Sardar. He says, "Because of my penchant for quality roles, Ketan Mehta offered me Sardar. I still long for such films. I just want to be part of good cinema. Money doesn't matter to me. That's why I appeal to people like Prakash Jha and Mahesh Bhatt to give me roles of substance." Though Rawal has made his mark as a comedian he regrets that after the success of Priyadarshan's Hera Pheri hegot branded as a comedian. "Hera Pheri was a great comedy, no one could make another Hera Pheri. Filmmakers don't realise that doing comedy is not only about acting, it is about `reacting'. So it requires the right flair, the ingredients in exact proportion in the actors in front of you too. Unfortunately, it is taken that comedy is all about laughing and running like fools. Roles are also cut because they happen to be only fillers in the film. Lack of good writers has done great damage to Indian comedy films. My all-time favourite still remains Jane Bhi Do Yaron."But the mention of his role of Tabu's father in Chini Kum makes him happy. "This film is about a 64-year-old man (played by Amitabh Bachchan) who falls in love with a 34-year-old lady (played by Tabu). It deals with how the three handle their relationship with each other. The comedy in it is handled in an extremely sensitive and matured way. I am very happy that I got to play a good role after a long time. And this year, you will see me in some very good roles," he promises.RANA SIDDIQUI

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