"De Taali isn't American Pie" - Riteish Deshmukh

By Joginder Tuteja Bollywood Hungama News Network

It doesn't take a Nostradamus to figure out that De Taali is a fun film by the youth, of the youth and for the youth. Also, its vibrant photography makes you quite sure that this is a holds-no-bar feel good comedy in the offering. With a strong campus feel to it and a bunch of friends on back-slapping terms, is De Taali being modeled as a 'desi' version of 'American Pie'?

"Not at all", protests Riteish Deshmukh, who has never set a foot wrong when it comes to being a part of comedies, "De Taali isn't set in an 'American Pie' mode at all. In fact it is far away from it."

By being far away from American Pie, a series that has a cult following across the globe, is he referring to the sexual innuendos here?

"To a good extent, yes", says Riteish, "Not that my films in the past haven't boasted of humor belonging to such genre. Masti, Kya Kool Hain Hum and Apna Sapna Money Money have indeed treaded this path. However, (director) E Niwas' treatment here is set differently which places De Taali in a genre different from the films that I mention."

How exactly? "Well, some of the films that I have acted in haven't quite catered to the family audience. On the other hand, De Taali should be penetrating not just the youth segment but also the elders. This film does tell the story of urban youth while catering to universal audience. The issue raised in the film is about friendship while the genre remains as a romantic comedy", explains Riteish who has been delivering hits on a consistent note ever since he made his big screen debut more than 5 years back with Tujhe Meri Kasam.

Does it mean that it is adieu to slapstick humor with De Taali? "Pretty much the case", agrees Riteish, "The film doesn't require us to get into the Dhamaal mode. Instead of funny antics on the screens where you do a lot with your body movements or facial expressions, De Taali has a lot to do with the spoken lines. This is a much cooler film and spoken dialogue is the real strength here."

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