While he has done various romantic, drama and horror movies, Aftab has become best known for comic movie. Apart from being part of the successful franchise of MASTI, Aftab has also been constantly associated with KYAA KOOL HAI HUM series. We interviewed him for his latest release KYAA KOOL HAI HUM 3 and he spoke about various things, including how he misses experimenting with various genres and how much he would love to go back to them!
Here are some excerpts from the interview:
What drew you to your KYAA KOOL HAI HUM 3 character?
It was part of this franchise. I was offered this film by luck and what drew me to the character is the script. When I heard the narration, I thought it was very radical – completely out of the box. Giving it to adult comedy, this has gone to the next level. But what made me do it is the fact that the humour is so strong in the film. All the circumstances around (in the plot) may be slightly bold but it's the humour that people are going to remember at the end of the day. That is what actually drew me to the script and character.
You earlier worked in GRAND MASTI, now you're doing KYAA KOOL HAI HUM 3 and after this also it's GREAT GRAND MASTI. So were you apprehensive of getting typecasted?
I didn't plan to do these back-to-back. They just happened. At that point of time, I couldn't plan so much for the future because filmmaking and release isn't one person's decision. There's a massive group of people who decide when the film will release. I just do my bit and then it's up to the producer. I shot for KYAA KOOL HAI HUM and GREAT GRAND MASTI at around the same time and they are releasing 8 weeks apart too. So it's not a conscious decision and I'm not afraid of getting typecasted because I think perception is Friday based. If I do a thriller or action film, I think they'll remember me for my last film until the next adult comedy/romantic film etc. So I'm not really worried about perceptions.
As an actor, how do you manage that each role is different from the other in the same genre?
I do as much as I can within the parameters of the film. I don't have a choice because I have to follow a certain script and pattern of the character. If my director/the script permits, then I can do action in a different way depending on the need of the shot. Some things are under your control but some things aren't. yes, there's always a conscious effort to try and make something look different.
'I was offered KYAA KOOL HAI HUM 3 by luck'
Since you said that you were shooting for both KYAA KOOL HAI HUM 3 and GREAT GRAND MASTI at the same time, were there any challenges you faced switching between the two characters?
KYAA KOOL HAI HUM 3 is slightly more subtle. GRAND MASTI is more louder and Indra Kumar kind of zone. It is more situation oriented. Actors have to do a certain bit and perform to a certain level. So the levels of energy were different, but both are different kinds of humour – one is situation while the other is more performance-based.
AIRLIFT and KYAA KOOL HAI HUM 3 are clashing during Republic Day. Do you think the mood at that time would be for a porn com?
I think both films have individual appeal. I hope that both do well, but can't really predict the mood of people for Republic Day weekend because I can't speak for the entire nation, both I would like to hope and say that both films take a good start and I'm sure if both films are good as movies, then it will prosper. I would like to say that there shouldn't be any day where you need to be extra-patriotic towards a film. I'm patriotic 365 days. If there's an attack on my country in mid-June, I won't wait for August to show my patriotism. I will be patriotic the moment I realize my country is in danger.
Any plans to deviate from the adult comedy genre? Is there something in the pipeline?
I'm starting a film called TOM, DICK AND HARRY sequel. That is a family comedy but not adult comedy. I don't mind experimenting and doing all kinds of genre, which I have done all my life. If it happens again, I'll be happy to accept whatever comes my way. I'll be excited to work on it.
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