Mav­er­icks of Laugh­ter

Stardust (English) - - MUSIC ROOM - Words SHARBANI MUKHER­JEE

They’re the ones re­spon­si­ble for spread­ing the in­fec­tious Virus of laugh­ter in the Cir­cuit of Bol­ly­wood! While one be­lieves that ‘Life is a race, if you don’t run fast, you’ll be like a bro­ken an­daa!’ The other chills and says, Bhai…ten­sion nahi leneka bhai! Th­ese two have been on a mis­sion to tickle our funny bones and en­thrall us with their mag­nif­i­cent per­for­mances. With their ca­ma­raderie span­ning over two decades, the duos siz­zling chem­istry is en­vi­able! Shar­ing the screen space in Jolly LLB, Hum Tum Aur Ghost, Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal, The Le­gend of Michael Mishra and the Mun­naBhai se­ries, they have carved their own niche and made laugh­ter time­less! We caught AR­SHAD WARSI and BO­MAN IRANI to a laugh-a-thon… Read on……

Life mein jab time kam re­hta hai na ...dou­ble jeene ka, dou­ble! Sport­ing the iconic black kurta and numer­ous gold chains, this di­a­logue will make you laugh out loud (thanks to his an­tics!). But it’s a dou­ble-headed dart. Ar­shad and Bo­man have had their share of strug­gles. Their jour­ney was an up­hill task and per­haps con­quer­ing those hur­dles have given them the power to make oth­ers re­act to their art. Be­fore Bol­ly­wood hap­pened, Ar­shad was a sales­man, who later moved to chore­og­ra­phy till Tere Mere Sapne hap­pened. Upon ask­ing him about his jour­ney, he avers, “It’s ob­vi­ously been fun and I’ve been en­joy­ing my­self through­out. I’ve had a great time while do­ing ev­ery­thing, be it good, bad or ugly!” While Bo­man’s life is syn­ony­mous to his di­a­logue from Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal- Jeetna bhi ek aa­dat hoti hai, joh dheere dheere aati hai…, “I think tran­si­tions are the cor­ner­stone of devel­op­ment. There should be changes, some­times for bet­ter, some­times for worse. They only help one im­prove. If you’re tak­ing things easy, it’s okay. But it shouldn’t cost you your po­si­tion. As it gets dif­fi­cult to make a come­back then.” He con­tin­ues, “Try­ing to make a liv­ing, I went on from wai­t­er­ing, to shop keep­ing, to be­ing a pho­tog­ra­pher, a the­ater artiste and now an ac­tor. I’m wait­ing for the next change to hap­pen as it gets bor­ing and stag­nates a per­son.”

C-O-M-E-D-Y is……. Ask­ing the stal­warts of com­edy to de­fine their work was easy. While Ar­shad quips, “Com­edy for me is non-of­fen­sive hu­mor.” Bo­man philo­soph­i­cally elab­o­rates, “Com­edy sur­prises! When you take some­one down a path, think­ing that this might end some­where, and it com­pletely flips you, that’s com­edy. It is like any good sus­pense movie which makes you laugh. So, if the sus­pense is good, that’s com­edy. Char­lie Chap­lin is the great­est comic but his char­ac­ters are al­ways pa­thetic. Com­edy comes from tragedy.”

Sim­i­lar yet Dif­fer­ent Com­edy on tele­vi­sion is dif­fer­ent from the 70mm screen. Is it? It’s some­thing which they both agree on. While Ar­shad says, “The for­mat is dif­fer­ent which makes ev­ery­thing dif­fer­ent.” Adding to it, Bo­man avers, “In movies, com­edy is at­tached to the jour­ney of the char­ac­ter. Whereas, TV is more about the one-lin­ers and re­sponses.”

The Chaotic chem­istry The vi­va­cious chem­istry of Dr JC Asthana and Cir­cuit (sans Munna) has been vis­i­ble on the sil­ver screen. To that Ar­shad smiles and goes on to say, “There is no façade be­tween Bo­man and me. We are reg­u­lar, or­di­nary peo­ple. He’s a rock­star! Also, we know each other for a very long time, so that works!” Bo­man adds to it, “I think we are like-minded. A lot of times Ar­shad says some­thing un­der his breath, and I get it. He sur­prises me every time. It is also about our jour­ney as hu­mans and the joy of be­ing to­gether! When I started the­ater, Ar­shad was chore­ograph­ing it. It was in front of me that he broke the news about Tere Mere Sapne. When my film came along, Ar­shad was a part of it. There’s some­thing which brings us to­gether for some very good rea­son. Also, I re­spect Ar­shad as a per­son and that’s what makes me want to be with him and share a laugh.”

Easy Switches Hav­ing an im­pec­ca­ble comic tim­ing is a bless­ing. But switch­ing to the gray shades ef­fort­lessly is an art which only pol­ished artist’s have. On ask­ing whether it is easy enough to switch the moods, Ar­shad quips, “I don’t want to sound pompous but act­ing comes nat­u­rally to me. I can eas­ily jump from one film to the other.” While Bo­man feels, “It’s easy if you don’t con­sider it to be dif­fi­cult! I think first you got to be a good ac­tor and then

un­der­stand the jour­ney of the char­ac­ter. And com­edy fol­lows. You can’t say be­cause I have a comic tim­ing, I nec­es­sar­ily am a good ac­tor. In cin­ema, I don’t harp on a joke. I’m glad that I have a comic tim­ing. Like in the case of the two char­ac­ters I’ve played, Dr Asthana and Virus, had a blend of gray shades and that’s some­thing I en­joy do­ing.”

It’s Easy, right? Both of them have been our sav­iors on a gloomy day. Switch­ing on to their movies makes us feel al­right in­stantly. But, is mak­ing peo­ple laugh re­ally easy? Ar­shad avers, “It’s not easy. I ad­mire all the peo­ple who have the gift of hu­mour which is pre­sented in movies, TV or stand-up come­dies. I would also in­clude the politi­cians in that!” He con­tin­ues, “My work is painful when I’m do­ing com­edy. It is tough and tir­ing. I’ve re­al­ized that it hap­pens only when I’m do­ing a com­edy film. Some­thing like Gol­maal or Dhamaal gets me ex­hausted.” On the con­trary, Bo­man says, “It’s re­ally easy! The thing is when you try to make peo­ple laugh, and then they don’t, you tend to overdo it. And that’s a spoiler!”

Still an ‘Id­iot’ Box? Both Ar­shad and Bo­man are in­deed rib-tick­lers! On ask­ing them whether they like the way com­edy is pre­sented on TV, Ar­shad says, “Our stand-ups and talk shows are good. I just feel that the hu­mour in the soaps is a bit re­gres­sive. I pre­fer sub­tle com­edy. Films like Chasme Badoor, Hr­ishikesh Mukher­jee’s movies, Mun­nabhai se­ries, I find them funny.” While Bo­man says, “I think what we lack some­times is the essence of com­edy in the sto­ry­line. We have very few sit­coms, more of repar­tee, which is fine. I have no prob­lem with it and it’s great fun.” Doin’ it Right ! As the Hindi say­ing goes Ek Hira hi Hire ki pe­hcaan rakhta hai! (Only a di­a­mond can recog­nise an­other di­a­mond), th­ese men have their picks on who pro­vides the daily dose of laugh­ter well! Ar­shad avers, “I think Govinda, Ak­shay Ku­mar and Amit ji are very funny. And the only per­son on TV is Kapil Sharma. He is got that thing.” While Bo­man says, “Nam­ing one per­son would be un­fair. I’ve al­ways been a fan of Johnny Lever bhai and al­ways will be. He takes things out from some­one’s heart and mind, and makes it lively. He has a great un­der­stand­ing of hu­man be­hav­iour and re­sponses.”

Age No Bar…. ... for Sabse Bada Kalakaar! They’ve come to­gether to judge the TV show and are killing it! Upon ask­ing why did they give a nod to it, they both confess that their love for chil­dren was the rea­son for agree­ing. Ar­shad avers, “For me to do TV, I’ve to re­ally want to do it! I love chil­dren. The whole con­cept is very nice. I love the sen­si­bil­ity of the show. The fact that it is sans vul­gar­ity is awe­some. They are chil­dren and are do­ing what they en­joy. I love watch­ing them per­form. And a bonus is hav­ing Bo­man and Raveena with me.” While Bo­man goes on to say, “It is very en­chant­ing and in­spi­ra­tional. There’s a lot of ded­i­ca­tion and in­no­cence. I’ve stopped look­ing at them as chil­dren also. For me, they’ve be­come an artiste more than just be­ing chil­dren. But the beau­ti­ful thing about it is that af­ter they fin­ish per­form­ing, they are back to be­ing chil­dren again. They’re very re­cep­tive as they’ll lis­ten to all your crit­i­cism and then come back and ap­ply it. They are ego­less!”

Look­ing Ahead….. So are they shar­ing screen space soon? Ar­shad says, “I’m shoot­ing for Gol­maal cur­rently. Will start work­ing on Mun­naBhai next year and post that Dhamaal. I’ll be do­ing a lot of medium bud­get films.” Bo­man’s kitty is filled too! He avers, “I’m do­ing Drive, which Tarun Man­sukhani is di­rect­ing. And John Abrahm Pro­duc­tions Shan­ti­van.” …Hope the sun never sets on th­ese two fab­u­lous men and they keep launch­ing their mis­siles of com­edy so that we al­ways have a rea­son to say Subha Ho­gayi Mamu!

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