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USA: Oye! Times readers Get FREE $30 to spend on Amazon, Walmart… Time and again one has seen Tusshar Kapoor leading audience into splits with his comic act, case in point being franchises like Golmaal and Kya Kool Hain Hum. However as and when he has turned serious, as was the case with Khakee, Shor in the City or Shootout at Lokhandwala, he has delivered. Now that he is arriving in Shootout at Wadala as Manya's [John Abraham] friend and accomplice, all eyes are on him.
Tusshar, Shootout At Wadala seems like a biggie in the making if promos are any indication. You must be really geared up for the results to be out, isn't it?
Definitely, I am hoping for a biggie. We have given one year to the film. Moreover, we didn't make the film in one stretch which means we had to enliven the character every time we hit the sets. Honestly, it was not easy. Moreover, we shot at real locations. For the sake of everyone involved, I would want out combined effort to pay off. See, audience is smart today. They make up their mind after the first trailer itself and in case of Shootout At Wadala, I know that there would be some tremendous appreciation and acceptance.
In fact the multi starrer set up seems to be only adding a lot of edge of the film. Suddenly it seems like one movie which would be of epic proportion.
Yes, I think. The ensemble is reminding people of the days gone by from the 70s and 80s era when Rajkumar Kohli used to bring 6-8-10 stars in a single film. Each of them had his or her own persona and that is the case with Shootout At Wadala as well. This is a star studded affair. As a franchise the film is working, moreover the songs are hit as well. Also each of the actors, whether it is Anil Kapoor, John, Manoj, Sonu or I are coming after some good hits to our name. We all are in a very positive frame of mind.
The film is also arriving in the times when one is waiting for a genuine dramatic outing to hit the screens. So what is in store for the audience here?
Yes, it has been time. People are seeing comedies like Housefull 2 or Son of Sardaar getting into the 100 crore club. Even romantic films like Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Barfi! have made an entry as well. However an action drama which is sensible, boasts of a true story and is brings on 'masala' entertainer as well is yet to join the club. For a movie like this which has drama, emotion, action as well as a period set up, there has been no entry into the club yet. We could be the ones to find a place there.
Talking about 'masala' entertainers, in the times when every second film comes with the promise of being one, and in the process is much using and abusing this term, how has Sanjay Gupta approached the film?
What he has done is to bring the film out of the frivolous category. He has researched on the subject for two years and got inspired by real life characters. For Indian public, there would be an inside account into how gang-wars started back then in the 60s and the 70s followed by underworld taking a different shape in the 80s. As for the encounter by the police, it was a historic moment. Sanjay has given it all a credible tone. Also, when he is at the director's set, the characters are meant to be larger than life. They have a style of their own and mouth dialogues which are totally 'dhaansu'.
Well, that can be considered true since he is someone who really knows how to present his men on screen.
Yes, and even for Shootout At Wadala, he is going to be remembered for presenting men as well as shooting his songs. He is living up to the brand name that he has created for himself over the years. He will always make you look like a man and not a boy.
Meanwhile he also gave you quite a few songs to cheer and dance about.
That's true. I am there in there in 'Laila', 'Ae Manya' and 'Babli'. I missed out on 'Aala Re Aala' since I was in Delhi shooting for 'Bhajathe Raho'. It was such a fun song with Sophie but unfortunately I am there just at the beginning.
Guess you made up for that with a song alongside none less than Sunny Leone. Now that's lucky indeed!
(Smiles) Yeah, that was fun. John and I had insisted that since Sanjay and Ekta had thought of Sunny, she and only she had to be there for 'Laila'. Only she could have done justice to the song and that is indeed the case. Masses are already loving the song. Sunny has arrived as 'Laila'.