Anshuman Jha, who was seen in Dibakar Banerjee's bold film, LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA is now all set with BOYSS TOH BOYSS HAIN. In this interview he talks about the film and why he doesn't care about the success or failures of his film. Read on...
What kind of film is BOYSS TOH BOYSS HAIN and what role are you playing in it? BOYSS TOH BOYSS HAIN is an out-and-out comedy set in Delhi. It's a satire about boys becoming men. My character is a sardar called Karanpal Singh. He's a khota sardar basically. He doesn't get a beard. The story of the film revolves around how his friends help him find a girl. It is based on a true section of sardars in the North. They don't get beards and aren't considered man enough. So all the girls find him cute but the parents feel that he's not man enough. So it's the journey of how these four guys find love for him and for themselves in the process.
'Content has become king now'
Why is the film called BOYSS TOH BOYSS HAIN? It's called BOYSS TOH BOYSS HAIN because it's the story of four boys. It's a bromance of four friends. It basically tells how different girls are from boys. It kind of signifies that there are certain things that men will do in a certain way and that's been the story since times memorial. That's how is going to be. The film kind of reflects that through these guys. Can you tell us some specific things that men do? It could be as something as small as watching a cricket match. It's also that men have to always woo women and not the other way round. It's not something which is explainable. That's how society works. Also, I've seen there's a certain way in which men connect which doesn't necessarily happen with women. They do it in a different level and in a different way. There's a certain uniqueness to the gender. They film reflects all of that.
You're chasing a girl in this film. Have you done so in real life when you were in school or college? No, I've had a very boring life that way. I've not had to chase luckily. Nor did girls chase me. I've had it very simple. Yes, I did woo a girl but I didn't need to chase her the way I do in the film. The film is a lot more dramatic.Did you always wanted to be an actor? Absolutely! Since I was five years old. It was all that I wanted to do. And I've assisted a lot of directors. I assisted from the age of 17-23. I assisted everyone from Subhash Ghai to Priyadarshan to Satish Kaushik. I was Subhash Ghai's chief assistant director for BLACK AND WHITE. In my head, I had planned that once I turn 23, I will start looking for work as an actor. I've been doing professional theatre since I was 13. Because I looked boyish, I was told to wait. So I waited. Then LSD happened and after that I again did a play for which I went to the UK. So I was out of action for six months. When I came back, I did host of commercials. I also did the KBC campaign with Amitabh Bachchan. Then I signed KLPD as a negative lead. At the same time BOYSS TOH BOYSS HAIN happened.
After LSD, do you think that your acting career hasn't taken off the way you would've liked? Not really. I've always been a very instinctive person. Everyone told me that it was stupid of me to disappear for six months after LSD released for a play. But I love doing theatre and stage as an actor. I don't calculate. And I'm pretty young. I'm just 23 now. So now I'm focusing on just films and taking a sabbatical from stage. I did the films I wanted and I also left a lot of films. I could've done those films after LSD but they didn't excite me as an actor. If something doesn't s doesn't excite me as an actor, I would much rather go and do a play. But now I've developed an appetite for films. KLPD didn't work but all the critics loved my character. I got to do a lot of action in the film, which I've always wanted to do. And it was an experiment. When an actor sets out to do a film, you don't necessarily know whether it will be a hit or a flop. You put in your best effort and hope for the best. That's what I did.
'I'll do good films and I'll do bad films'
You said that you rejected quite a few scripts. So will it be fair to say that you are choosy as an actor? I've grown up on the mantra of good scripts. I've even left half of my ad campaigns. The script and the director is a big factor for me. Also, because I've worked behind the camera for so long, I have a sense of how something would work out. I have my own take on things. So, it's very important for a film to gel on a lot of levels. Not just as an actor but with the director, the producer and everyone. What's the best thing that has happened to Indian cinema in the recent years? The best thing is that content has become king now. Everything is content driven. The scripts have greatly improved. And the audience have started accepting different kinds of films and that's because people are exposed to a lot more things. They get to see more Hollywood films. So cinematically their tastes and choices have improved. Therefore you see films with good content doing well.
Before signing a film do you think whether it will do well or not? When you pick up a film, you don't know whether it's going to be a hit or a flop. That's not the idea when you set out to do films. I'll do good films and I'll do bad films. But I'm no flash in the pan. I've been around, seen and learnt and I continue to learn. Good films or bad films don't matter as long you keep doing work. This is something which Mr. Bachchan told me. He told me to just be on a film set. That's what I try to do. You can't afford to get stagnant as there's so much to do.
What are your future projects? I'm doing a film called BAKRAPUR which releases on 27th September. It's a satire set in a village. The film revolves around a goat and it is the real star of the film. The goat's name in the film is Shahrukh. Then I'll also be seen in Onir's CHAURANGA. I play a high class Brahmin boy in that.