PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA and PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA 2 actress Nushrat Bharucha, in an interview to Indian Express earlier said, “Bollywood either makes intelligent or slapstick comedies, there's nothing in between that's funnier. The normalcy of comedy is missing in Hindi romantic films.”
The actress will soon be seen in PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA 2, which is a situational comedy movie. When we exclusively interviewed the actress while she was promoting the film, we asked her whether she thinks Bollywood does justice to comedy as a genre.
She said, “I think comedy can only reflect what your society is. I don't think people who follow Bollywood will understand what Hollywood comedy is. Nonetheless, you have a KYAA KOOL HAI HUM and a DELHI BELLY in Bollywood also. I thought DIL CHAHTA HAI was very funny. But I was in Jai Hind college then. I was in an urban townie environment. I liked the comedy in that film (DIL CHAHTA HAI) a lot, which the others wouldn't have liked.”
Nushrat further added, “Bollywood is broken into large amount of masses and classes, right? There are different kinds of people who like different kinds of things. So the way society and your thoughts will progress, that's how your comedy will evolve. You just can't compare Bollywood with Hollywood, because they got independence way before us. Be it their thinking, style or pop culture, they're leaps and bounds ahead of us, because their society is evolving. We are also evolving at our pace. I think whatever is good for us will get made. You do see glimpses of the evolvement. DELHI BELLY was a very smart, different take on comedy. DIL CHAHTA HAI, DELHI BELLY set a new meaning of comedy.”
Then speaking about comedy in her movie, Nushrat said, “PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA also has its own definition of comedy. We aren't doing comedy for the heck of it. My character in the film is a comic character, but I'm not doing comedy on purpose. As an actress, I think comedy is a very difficult thing to do. The best thing for me is that they haven't asked me to do comedy (in PKP2). They've just set it up around. I'm just being someone and it comes across as funny. PKP has its own language of comedy. So there's a different setup depending on the film.”
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Her co-star Kartik also gave his viewpoint. He said, “As a Bollywood actor, I think we have more scope in comedy. I feel that Bollywood movies should focus more on situational comedy (which is there in PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA) because it is something which I relate to and people also like it. With such comedy, you can keep the audiences engrossed for 2-3 hours. They might feel that it's their story and would want to know what will happen next. When those films come out, cinema goers will also relate to more of Bollywood comic films rather than going out to Hollywood. In another aspect of comedy, there's someone slapping another person which hits someone else and some other person falls down in that situation. Somebody laughed on that scene, and thus you will laugh. That isn't fun and the relatability factor (to the character) is also missing. The audiences also cannot take it funnily, because the actor's comic timing might not be right.”
“I think comedy, when inculcated with something, is good. I found KAL HO NAA HO also funny, because there's something happening in every scene – like Kanta ben. With Anurag Kashyap kind of cinema also, it's dark humour. GANGS OF WASSEYPUR is also funny. You would love to do a film like that, where you are doing something and the end result is something like this,” added Kartik.
As Kartik spoke about dark humour, Nushrat then revealed that people were laughing in her previous film MEERUTHIYA GANGSTERS (which was a dark gangster film) as well. She said, “For example, in my previous movie MEERUTHIYA GANGSTERS, people were laughing. It wasn't a comedy film. It was a dark gangster film.”
In conclusion, Kartik said, “So we are progressing in comedy. There's humour in dark movie which is portrayed also very well and it has a lot of massy audience too.”
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