New Delhi: When Priyadarshan confirms a new movie with Akshay Kumar, it’s really news. The veteran filmmaker, box office magician and national award winner, has after all delivered rib-tickling comedies like “Hera Pheri”, “Bhool Bhulaiyaa”, “Garam Masala” and “Bhagam Bhag” with the superstar from Bollywood.
Confirming his upcoming collaboration with Akshay, Priyadarshan told IANS: “Yes, it will happen next year. It was supposed to happen this year but has been pushed. We start touring next year. “
Asked if his new film is a comedy, the filmmaker replied, “It will be a comedy film. I don’t want to take any more risks. Let me entertain my audience. So far the films we’ve both worked in have been very successful. These were almost 70 percent humorous films with a nice emotional ending. ”
Prior to his film with Akshay, Priyan, as he is known to his friends and colleagues, is busy preparing for the release of his new film “Hungama 2”. The comedy stars Paresh Rawal, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Meezaan Jaffrey, and Pranitha Subhash. The filmmaker specifies that the film is not an extension of his 2004 hit “Hungama”.
“This is not a continuation of Hungama. It’s a different story treated the same as Hungama. There are confusions, situations, error comedies and slapstick but the plot is completely different. It will be a laughing riot, I think, ”he said.
Priyadarshan’s name is synonymous with entertaining comedy films. What are its secret ingredients?
“It’s very difficult to make people laugh. This is the hardest thing to create situations and confusions. Because, as soon as it becomes buffoonery, the film will be in bad taste. He must appear believable and genuine. Maintaining this balance is important. , ” he has answered.
Much like many other films, “Hungama 2” is also releasing on an OTT platform instead of a theatrical release amid the ongoing pandemic. Would he miss the experience of the big screen?
“I wish I could take it out in theaters, sit with the audience and enjoy it. I belong to the old school. I corrected myself by sitting with the crowd and watching my films, observing what they like and what they don’t like ‘I’m going to miss this learning process,’ the filmmaker said, adding : “But even on OTT, everyone from grandpa to grandson can sit together and laugh. There is no vulgarity or double meaning in this film. It will be absolutely enjoyable. Comedy movies are meant for mass viewing because laughter is contagious. ”
With the pandemic affecting our lives in every way possible, is comedy the need of the hour for our emotional well-being? “We know how the economy is affected, how people have lost their money, lost their jobs. How they fight not to go out and stay locked in their homes. What can we smile about? In these times I feel like a comedy the film can be a very good medicine, ”said the director.
Priyadarshan, however, doesn’t believe OTT platforms will replace movie theaters entirely. “Sure, OTT is popular, but movies like Titanic, Baahubali, or Avatar, which are meant for the big screen, you can’t watch on your phone. You can’t enjoy the visuals. Another reason is, in our country, the cheapest entertainment for an ordinary man, especially the middle class, is to take the family to the movies. Besides, the pleasure of going to the theater with your friends and family, you cannot get this pleasure by sitting at home and watching the movie on your phone. Thus, cinemas will survive all over the world despite the great impact of OTT platforms, ”he said.
Priyadarshan’s new director “Hungama 2” is slated for release on Disney + Hotstar on July 23.