When you have the super talented Riteish Deshmukh and the gorgeous beauty Urvashi Rautela in the house, you know your interview is going to be some 'Great Grand Masti'.
With the film hitting the big screens this Friday, the duo get candid about what's in store for us. Riteish has a lot to say about his choice of films, his dream of doing a Marathi film with Genelia and his newborn Rahyl. On the other hand Urvashi spills beans about her favourite co-star and her upcoming films.
Excerpts from the conversation-
1. You play a ghost in the film. How's your role different from what we have seen on screen so far?
Urvashi: The ghost that I play is very different from what you normally see on screens. She is a virgin ghost and I really enjoyed playing this character because it's a very complicated one. It was very demanding and challenging. I am very happy that I got to do this character because it's that one role which sets you apart and helps you in growing as an actor. I really like Riteish's character in 'Ek Villain' which I think was fantastic. So I see my that 'Ek Villain' moment.(laughs). I don't know after this when I will get to do something like this character. My character in the film is the most beautiful girl ever. She is full of beauty, innocence and at the same point of time she also has supernatural powers.
2. Is 'Great Grand Masti' better than the previous two films in the franchise?
Riteish: We started with 'Masti'. Then we took a huge leap with 'Grand Masti' in terms of the kind of film and the quotient of being naughty. The film went on to become a huge success and then we thought of coming up with the third part. There's always a point where certain type of humor can be exhausted. There's nothing much more to squeeze. So then when this idea came about, we are very kicked up about that itself. The format in all the 'Masti' may be same- three married men having their own frustrations going stray. But in 'Great Grand Masti' they go outside to seek a certain kind of excitement and they meet this girl who is actually a ghost. That was the hook point where I said yes to Inderji. I have done many comedies in the past but this is for the first time that I am doing a horror comedy. It has a little tadka of 'naughtiness' too. So when we said yes to the film it was primarily because it was a horror comedy and the 'Masti' series.
3. There were talks about the film facing the wrath of the Censor Board...
Riteish: We knew what had happened during 'Grand Masti'. But this time because the concept is unique, we thought that we should take a step back and figure it out how differently we can approach and not face the same hurdles that we faced last time. I think we had probably made the corrective steps before approaching the Censor. But they offered us some voluntarily cuts and we were happy with it. So eventually the product which will now release, we are quite happy with it.
4. Do you think 'Great Grand Masti' too enter the 100 crore club like the previous flick?
Riteish: I don't know. It all depends on the audience. We make a film hoping that they enjoy it. We just have to put it out there and see what reactions we get.
5. Did you have any apprehensions about doing this film since your character is quite bold?
Urvashi: Every actor has his or her own definition of bold. But for me I have no qualms about doing kissing scenes or love-making scenes. You can say that my role is 'ghostly' bold. (laughs)
6. So who is very favourite co-star from the trio- Riteish, Aftab or Vivek?
Urvashi: Riteish is an all-round package. I love every single thing about him. He is so fun to be around with. He is my most favourite co-actor I have ever worked with. Oh, I just want to work with him again and again.
Riteish: You like me more than Sunny paaji?
Urvashi: (bursts into laughter) I like my first co-star Sunny paaji too. Vivek is quite talented and I have learnt a lot from him. Even Aftab for that matter.
7. Did you play any pranks on her?
Riteish: It's a fun film and you need to be in that mood. So it's okay we have pulled her leg too much throughout the making and we are leaving her now five feet nine inches tall. She was a sport. Doing this genre is not an easy thing to do. Many people stay away from it for their own reasons which is okay. I respect every one's opinion for any kind of film that they choose to do or not to do especially when it comes to women. Urvashi's role in the film is something which goes beyond everything. She is supposed to be innocent yet be scary, be strong yet be vulnerable. I think it's extremely bold of her to actually accept this role.
8. You had said that you are tired of doing same genres. So does that mean that we won't see you doing an adult comedy after this film?
Riteish: I remember I had said that after doing 'Great Masti'. But my love for Indu ji (Inder Kumar) is too much and he wanted me to do this film. I don't know if I will do adult comedies after this film because I am busy with other stuff.
9. What's your dream role?
Urvashi: Talking about this film there were other leading senior actresses who wanted to play this character because it was one of those most challenging ones. Regarding your question I think I can answer that maybe after doing about ten films. But right now if you ask me I would say 'Mughal-E-Azam' or 'Mother India'.
Riteish: You want to play a mother at this age?
Urvashi: Somehow I really loved 'Mother India'.
Riteish: Ya, you can cast me and Vivek as your children. (jokes)
10. Actors say that comedy is the most difficult genre and since you have dabbled with this genre a lot, how have you evolved with it?
Riteish: I take narrations twice, read the script thrice before I head for the shoot. And then I don't read my scenes later. That's my preparation to be slightly spontaneous. I might falter sometimes and need another take. I look at lot of people around me to imbibe their characteristics.
11. Since you do a lot of comedies how difficult was it for you to do 'Ek Villain'?
Riteish: For some people action comes natural for some it might be drama. But I have now realized after 13 years that each day is different. So I thought the most difficult scene was the 'Ek Villain' climax where I had a huge monologue. There have also been times where scenes which I thought I could pull off easily turned out to be difficult. Sometimes things go easy and sometimes they don't. But then that's the challenge of acting. The only two things that I keep simple for myself is to be aware of where you are and your difficulties and to be present while performing.
12. How was your experience working with Inder Kumar?
Urvashi: I have always been a fan of his work. I loved his films like 'Dil', 'Beta', 'Mann', 'Dhamaal', 'Masti'. So I think he is one of my dream directors and I enjoyed every single moment working with him. I think it was a dream team.
13. What's next in the pipeline?
Urvashi: After 'Great Grand Masti' I have signed two more films with T-Series because I had a three-film deal with them and a project with Tips.
14. 'Sultan' which recently released has received great reviews. Your film has been preponed by a week. Do you see this as a competition?
Riteish: We are looking forward to come on 15th July and 'Sultan' is a great film. I saw it and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am sure that it's going to score huge numbers. But I am sure that the Balaji distribution has taken great effort even before preponing and figured out if it's the right time to release the film. I think we should manage a decent theatrical release.
15. The teaser of 'Banjo' looks mind-blowing. Can you throw some light on your character in the film?
Riteish: There's a double challenge for me as much as it was in 'Ek Villain'. When Balaji signed me for 'Ek Villain' the first thing I asked Ekta if she was sure I should play this role because no one ever thought of me playing a villain. Post that after doing a couple of comedies I am venturing back in that intense zone with 'Banjo'. I have known Ravi (Jadhav) for a long time. 'Banjo' is a musical drama. It's very rustic and earthy. It's got a great commercial side to it. We hope people like the mileu that we are trying to present.
16. Which are your upcoming Marathi films?
Riteish: Right now I am working on three films. One which I am producing..I will announce it soon but I am not acting in it. Next there is 'Mauli' with Nishikant Kamat and 'Chatrapati Shivaji' with Ravi Jadhav.
17. Will we see you and Genelia back together on the silver screen any time soon?
Riteish: I hope so. I am waiting for it. She is my most favourite co-star. I have enjoyed working with her. But I would love to do a Marathi film with her. She has done films in so many languages. That would be my dream to do a Marathi film with Genelia.
18. Do you plan to venture into direction?
Riteish: First let me figure out things as a producer. I am not confident about taking up direction.
19. Will you produce sex comedies in Marathi cinema too?
Riteish: My choice of films is different both as an actor and a producer.
20. How is Riaan bonding with your newborn Rahyl?
Riteish: It's wonderful to see two kids bond with each other. Riaan just wants to hug and kiss the baby.
21. You were recently spotted on a coffee date with Genelia. Do you guys frequently keep sneaking out like this?
Riteish: Ya. Sometime every evening we go out like that and sit. But these photographers manage to catch us.