Aftab Shivdasani On 'Kya Kool Hain Hum 3'
Riotous, boisterous and laugh out loud funny, the Kyaa Kool Hain Hum series has been making us giggle since 2005, and the latest in the series, hits the marquee this week, 22 January 2016. With a whopping 16 million hits for its trailer on YouTube, this Tusshar-Aftab starrer is expected to make quite a bang at the box office and BollyBrit® got the chance to chat to the film’s other leading man Aftab too on his upcoming laugh-a-thon and what audiences can expect from it come Friday.
The film looks hilarious! But do you foresee any issues with censorship, especially in India?
I think the film has gone through its censorship, and the film has been duly certified. I think we have been through the process and now, in fact, we are gearing up for the release, but honestly, no we haven’t gone through too many issues. We’ve found a middle ground for the both of us where we’re both extremely happy with the version that people are going to see on screen on 22 January.
Tell us a little bit about the film, Aftab.
The film is the third film in the franchise, and it’s got nothing to do with the story of the first and second film. It’s an altogether new story and it’s a film based on the story of two guys who go and work in the adult film industry. So yeah, it’s a pretty crazy story directed by Umesh Ghadge, a first time director.
The actual film is referred to as an adult or p-rn comedy. Do you think that narrows the appeal in any way? Do you think it limits your audience, like say, children? Or do you think it gets to the audiences it needs to get to, basically?
I think any adult film will cater to only an adult audience. It’s not meant for children under 18, so it has a limited audience in that respect. But you know the audience over 18 is a vast audience, especially since 2013 when Grand Masti scored 120cr worldwide. So that kind of stamps the fact that there is this massive audience that wants to watch this kind of cinema.
Obviously you’ve starred in the Masti series, do you think, as an actor, and I feel it does, that sex sells, generally?
Sex does sell, but I think our film is much more than a sex comedy, it’s an adult comedy. It’s in the space of an adult genre, the adult comedy genre, it’s not necessarily a sex comedy per se. I think it’s got more than a lot of sexual jokes, a lot of sexual references. It’s got a lot of adult humour also, so I think it’s got much, much more to offer than just sexual jokes.
Do you think, as an actor, and I’ve seen you before in the Masti series and really enjoyed it, do you think, if you limit yourself to comedy, are you limiting yourself? Do you think you might be missing out on more serious parts? Have you been offered more serious parts that we aren’t aware of?
I think today, the audiences are quite intelligent and they can see through just the comic genre and the comic perceptions. I think if they like you as an actor, then they will be grateful enough to accept you in anything else also as long as they like what they see on screen. I think they’ve become far more mature than flopping you and labelling you into a particular genre. But then, I hope I will not just limit myself to comedy and I will try and do as much as I can.
As an actor, do you feel critical acclaim is important? Because, as you know, these films make money but critically, they might not win acclaim or might not win awards. So do you think that’s important too or do you think it’s just about commercial success?
No, see, I think awards are always beneficial and they’re always an added benefit, but rewards can always follow once you have the commercial success.
Riteish Deshmukh was obviously a part of the first two films, so how did he feel about you replacing him?
He was most happy! In fact, he was the first person to call me and congratulate me and said that he’s really happy that I’m doing the film. We’ve just finished doing a film together called Great Grand Masti, so he’s pretty happy for me and we have such a good, healthy friendship that I don’t think there’s any jealousy or anything of that sort.
As an actor, from Mast to Kya Kool Hai Hum, are you satisfied with the way your career has turned out?
Honestly, Jay, I’m about just taking one day at a time and not thinking too much. I’m happy with where I am today, but obviously there’s a lot more I want to do and achieve, and I’ve hardly even begun! So there’s a lot I need to do and accomplish. I’ll do it in time.
Generally, these days, when a film has a certain type of content, the public is always very quick to blame films if there’s a rape or if there are sexual issues. Do you think films are directly responsible for crimes that go on? Do you feel that films need to be policed more or do you think that people should have the freedom to watch what they want to watch? In the UK we do, but in India, films are always the first place people throw the blame at when there's a rise in crime or violence.
I think it’s a very relative thing because they say that films influence people’s mindset and vice versa but it influences people who allow themselves to get influenced. If people make themselves stronger in their mind, they will not allow themselves to get carried away by what they see on screen, they will formulate their own opinions, they will formulate their own perceptions and interpretations and they will lead their lives literally to the best of their abilities rather than take an instance from a film or from something on television. I think they should be beyond that and I think they should view things for the right way and the way they should be viewing them….I mean, this is an adult comedy and they should be viewing it purely for entertainment and fun, and I think if they view it the right way, I don’t think it will stand up for any issue.
In terms of the film, what stands out for you in terms of while you were shooting your funny sequences? What’s the first thing you remember when we talk about this film?
The fact that it’s such a funny film, that it’s such a big franchise and the fact that the script is so radical because we’ve never created something with two mainstream actors doing something like this. It’s quite outstanding, and if you’ve seen the trailer, the fact that we got about 15 million views…
I found the trailer really funny, by the way!
[laughs] The fact that it’s got a definite story running through the entire film and not just gags, I think that itself is going to speak volumes and will entice people to go see something like this because the film itself is generally very funny. I think the film on the whole is something very entertaining and it’s purely for fun and entertainment. It should not be taken seriously beyond a point.
In terms of a costar, you’ve got Tusshar but do you think the film could have potentially benefited from a bigger heroine or do you think the cast is good as it is?
I think the cast is great as it is and I think the cast is there for the right reasons. More than the cast, I think it’s the film that needs to work. I think the film is big and has a large heart and everybody in the film works. It’s not a particular actor that’s going to make the film work; it’s the film itself that’s going to make us work.
Great! Any message for your fans here in the UK?
I just want to say that 22 January is really special because Kya Kool Hai Hum 3 is releasing, so please go and watch it. It’s going to be a lot of fun!
You heard the man! The film smashes on to screens worldwide tomorrow, 22 January 2016!
You can also read our interview with Tusshar Kapoor, the film's other leading man here.