By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service
Mumbai, Aug 22 (IANS) What is happening to Bollywood? Comic overkill
seems to be the magic mantra of the moment.
After "Masti, which actually triggered off the current comic wave,
Indra Kumar released box office dud "Pyare Mohan" with Viveik Oberoi
and Fardeen Khan. And he now teams up again with his "Masti" hero
Riteish Deshmukh for "Dhamaal".
"It would be my fourth comedy in a row. In 'Masti' I played a total
duffer. In 'Kyaa Kool Hain Hum' I was extra-savvy. Now in 'Dhamaal' I
hope to be mean-comic. A real glint-in-the-eye kind of funny is what I
want to play," Riteish told IANS. "Dhamaal" will also star Sanjay
The young actor cheers up at the mention of his favourite release
"It was very slick but not at the cost of losing out on the non-
metro audience. Abhishek was supposed to do my role. Then he stepped
into the other role. I had to opt out of a project to accommodate
'Bluffmaster'. But it was worth it.
"Rohan Sippy is a director I wanted to work with. And Abhishek is a
cool co-star. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him in 'Naach'. We had
loads of fun in 'Bluffmaster' though it isn't a comedy. I keep telling
everyone my romantic lead in 'Bluffmaster' was Abhishek."
"My next release 'Apna Sapna Money Money' is again a comedy. This
time Sangeeth Sivan isn't doing anything risqu?. I admit, I was a
trifle uncomfortable saying some of the lines in 'Masti' and 'Kyaa Kool
Hain Hum'. But in 'Money Money Money' there's nothing to make me
For now Riteish seems to be caught in the comic swamp.
"But I've done a very serious segment of Ram Gopal Varma's 'Darna
Zaroori Hai' with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. I was so nervous. According to
the script, he was supposed to shout so hard at me that I was doubly
shaken. But guess what? My character actually got to shout back at
Riteish is happy enough with his progress report.
"I started with a south remake, the college romance 'Tujhe Meri
Kasam', which was a blockbuster in Bihar. But in Mumbai you are only as
successful as your box office collections in the city. I had to start
from scratch. I think I've created a small niche for myself."