June 25, 2010 05:38:17 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
Chunky Pandey has all the right reasons to be awaited. Ever since his comeback to the Bollywood scene, he has seen critical (D) and commercial (APNA SAPNA MONEY MONEY) success. There were some insignificant roles (EK - THE POWER OF ONE, PAYING GUESTS) played by him as well but he continued to try his luck. Finally it favoured him in a big way with HOUSEFULL where despite only 4-5 scenes, he left a big mark. 'I am just joking' turned out to be one of the most remembered lines from the film and no wonder, the biggest joke ever turned out to be the best in the life of Chunky who has been on the Bollywood scene for close to 25 years now.
"That's right, the biggest joke has turned out to be the best ever in my life", says Chunky in his own characteristic manner, "Even in the recent cricket match that I played along with Salman (Khan) at Dubai, everyone was shouting that I was just joking. Same happened at IIFA Colombo. I have actually never seen so much adulation in my professional career so far. I have been around for 22-23 years and never had anything like this happening to me."
He has quite a few incidents to narrate which have happened to him post the release of the film. "I guess when a particular dialogue keeps coming back to you; it clearly states that a joke has seen widespread recognition. Even when I am serious, people think that I am joking. On the other hand people whom I meet start joking even while they are acting serious."
"Sometimes at the airport I am told that my passport has expired. Another one says that my flight has been cancelled. Third person says that my luggage is lost. And then everyone starts laughing and says that they are just joking", he continues, "Do I mind that? Certainly not. All of this clearly states that the joker has arrived."