Aftab Shivdasani: KYAA KOOL HAI HUM 3 is slightly more subtle than GREAT GRAND MASTI
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:
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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.
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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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You have filmed KYAA KOOL HAI HUM 3 with porn stars. So what was your experience like?
They’re just normal people like you and me. They treat their job as a job like us like us. You interact with them as normally as you can.
If you go to see, we’re a dicotmy. As a nation, we’re very shy and not vocal about sex even when these films do very well. Your thoughts?
Before GRAND MASTI, I would think it’s a taboo subject and there’s no market. But the minute GRAND MASTI touched 100 crores worldwide, we were shocked. This proved that there is a certain market and desire to watch something like this. That itself gives us and the makers confidence to making a film like this. There’s a possible market for this kind of cinema. Having said that, there have been a lot of adult comedies that have come up in the recent past also and they’ve probably not worked that much at the Box Office. But that again depends on the film. KYAA KOOL HAI HUM and MASTI franchise have worked for reasons that are beyond the celebrity and journalists. Sitting at a certain place, we can’t decide what 1.2 billion people out there are thinking. But the fact that so many people have seen it is a fact that they want to see something like this for whatever reason.
There was news that the censor board has made around 150 cuts in the movie. So what’s your take on that?
It’s all rumours. There is nothing like that. The film has been duly censored and the version that people are going to see is the version that we are extremely happy about. We have respected the censors and we have respected their wishes and we have made whatever alterations we needed to make but these numbers are rumours.
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So you think that the version that’s there right now is going to be as it was planned before the censor?
Absolutely! There are very minor alterations. Because the whole intent is to create humour and not to create controversies or not to offend anybody. So if it’s viewed in that respect and even the censor board saw it like that. So we respect them and we abide by them and the version that’s going to release is exactly what we wanted it to be. So we are not complaining.
Movie of these genres are anti- India culture and they kind of create wrong impressions on young minds even though it’s an adult movie the content does reach all sorts of age groups because of the internet. So what is the one thing that you would like to tell those audiences?
I think don’t underestimate the audiences. Don’t underestimate the Country. Certain people think that it’s Anti-India. It’s nothing like Anti-India. India is the land of Kamasutra. You can’t be Anti-India. I think we are far more tolerant and open minded than we make ourselves out to be. So don’t underestimate the people. That’s what I would like to tell these “so called society”. We are not making a film to impress everybody because I know there will be certain people who might say that it’s vulgar, it’s cheaper but it’s basically an intended film. It’s done as a satirical because this film is a humour. It’s taking the mickey out of us. We are making fun out of ourselves and not out of anyone else. So if that is viewed in that way then I don’t think anybody will take it as an offense in the first place. In fact not even women, because there is no objectifying, there is no showing women in a poor light. Everyone’s making a film inside a film. I am sitting among five women today and all of them had this glee in the eyes when we spoke about the trailer. I was almost thinking there’s something right that has happened. If the women themselves feel secure and perceive this film in the right spirit then I think the battle is won.
Is there any genre that you would like to explore?
Thriller is one of my favourite genres. Action and thrillers. I love romance also.
You had called the movie a porn family genre. So what exactly you meant with that?
I had said that there is a family in this film which is very sanskari and a very traditional family that meets the family that’s working in the adult film industry.