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The actor, co-scriptwriter talks about Go Goa Gone
MUMBAI MIRROR (May 18, 2013) After a long time the script of a film has got such appreciation. How did you land up co-writing it? It all began two years back. Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK and I were planning to work on a project for long. The idea to make a zombie film was rather random. But it got everyone excited and we started working on it. Initially, I would act out scenes and come up with my own dialogues. They somehow liked them and asked me if I would pen some lines for the other characters as well. It was not at all a planned thing. We didn’t even have a producer back then. We just kept writing. The first scene I came up with was probably the one where Vir and I are having a conversation in the toilet and I say: Petrol hay kya jo shaadi ke liye bacha ke rakkha hay?”
So, do you want to take up scriptwriting seriously? I started at a very early age with Vishesh Films. There they involve you in the whole creative process. Acting is my first love and I want to stick to it. But I would be happy to offer my inputs to a script, if asked.
How comfortable were you with the excessive use of cuss words? Was it your idea to include them in the first place? Look, the cuss words were not put in there to make it sound cool. Those were casual and heartfelt. It is how a person in that situation would normally react or say. The double entendres were not forced. Like the “…tereko pahad chadna hay” scene—that can be any random guy More >
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; May 9, 2013)
You are having a release after two years… After Delhi Belly (2011), I have shot for seven films. Starting with Go Goa Gone (GGG), I will have a release every two months. One could say that these two years were like going underground and striking back with a bang. I am confident that the audience will accept me.
But won’t back-to-back films be detrimental? People want to watch quality work and my films have that. Also, our cinema is going through an interesting phase where there is space for a comedic leading man and I am trying to fill that.
But with lead roles also comes responsibility… Yes, I agree. You realise the responsibility of carrying a film on your shoulders when people are investing money in you and they recognise the hard work you have to put in. But what is important to me as an actor is that even if I have to spread my arms, take my shirt off on a mountain top with my heroine in a chiffon sari, it still has to be me and my twist or my funny take on it.
What are your upcoming films? There is Sooper Se Ooper, my first big commercial love story that shows me lose heart to a Rajasthani girl, followed by Revolver Rani with Kangna Ranaut, which is a dark, twisted love story. There are a couple of other films, too. The idea is to do out-of-the-box films that showcase my versatility and talent.
Tell us about GGG… My character, Luv, is very easy-going, mellow and laidback about life. Interestingly, fear is the source of More >
Kunaal Roy Kapur talks about how he gave up photography for acting
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; April 24, 2013)
Although few recognised him as the Delhi Belly actor, thanks to his shaven looks, Kunaal Roy Kapur has had a good outing with Nautanki Saala recently. Over a cup of coffee and cookies, the actor discusses his dinner table talk with the Kapurs, his family and on giving up photography.
After Nautanki Saala, what’s next? I am hoping to start a movie in July called Kala Ghoda directed by Aditya Bhattacharya. It’s a dark comedy and I play a cop. It starts in July. I also have a small role in Ayan Mukherji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Then I have a movie with Vir Das, which may release by the end of this year.
Any plans to direct? I have a project, which I am working on. I have a producer on board now and we are in the process of casting but I don’t want to talk too much about it right now. It’s a comedy set in Mumbai. I’m hoping to start that by the end of the year but it all depends on the cast.
With your elder brother (Siddharth) as a producer and younger one as actor (Aditya) and now an actress sister-in-law (Vidya Balan), your family seems to be fully filmi. How’s the atmosphere over the dinner table when the Kapurs sit together? Well we talk about cinema too much. The dinner or lunch table chats are always about who is doing what project, what interesting scripts have come along. Not in any great detail but generally it’s a lot of film talk and it’s fun. But we also More >
Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; April 19, 2013)
On the sets of Go Goa Gone, Vir Das found himself in a rather sticky situation. The actor, who had given up smoking for health reasons, was required to be filmed puffing. Not one to break his vow not to smoke, Vir asked for special herbal cigarettes to use for the scene.
Says Vir, “I gave up smoking five years ago. I quit because I had a sore throat and a series of concerts for 16 days. I remember it felt so good.”
While his co-star Saif Ali Khan has earned some brickbats for his smoking image on the film’s poster, Vir decides to stand by him. The actor-stand up comedian says, “We work in an industry that deals with make-believe characters. I believe in moral education, not moral policing.”
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; March 29, 2013)
Now this one will have you in splits! Vir Das and his music band have composed a song for overweight men around the country, especially the ones who sport manb** bs. Apparently, the lean singer- actor felt sympathy for the innumerable “fat men” who find it embarrassing to strut their stuff on the dance floor.
A source says, “The song sends out the message that if you have manb** bs, you’re still a dude! Vir has composed as well as sung the comedy rock track.” Says Vir, “This song is an ode to the overweight guys who are very conscious of dancing.” The group even conducted a nationwide hunt where fans sent us pictures and we even featured a select few in the song’s video.”
Nurse wounds inflicted by internet trolls while their teams take the virtual blows
Soumyadipta Banerjee (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 6, 2013)
A star and his followers have always had a storybook affair, until social networking empowered the latter with an open platform and a mask of anonymity. To follow a star does not necessarily translate into exchanging terms of endearment. ‘Followers’ now tweet to berate, bully, abuse or heckle the stars. As Deepa Mehta had said in an interview to this newspaper, it gives the anonymous, armchair critic a sense of empowerment. And no one knows this better than Shah Rukh Khan, who has quit Twitter again, after a fresh surge of attacks brought on by his views on being a Muslim superstar in India.
This is SRK’s second boycott of the popular medium after being hounded out by trolls under similar circumstances last year. But the star showed just how vulnerable he still is, when he tweeted: Sad, i read so much judgements, jingoism, religious intolerance on the net & i use to think, this platform will change narrow-mindedness, but no!
Mirror has learnt that SRK is now putting together a strategy to handle his online presence. He will no longer take the virtual punches on his chin, but his media managers will do the needful.
“Shah Rukh is distraught with the negative energy on Twitter. The abuses and the vicious attacks on him after every tweet have made him very cynical about the medium,” explained a friend of the star. “You can see from his last More >
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; February 19, 2013)
Director Shashant Shah might have never imagined that his film Bhajate Raho would suffer a roadblock with just two days to go before the film goes on the floors. With one of the lead actors of the film Vir Das staging a walkout, Shah has now finalised Ranvir Shorey for the same role.
Our source says, “The film has Tusshar Kapoor in the lead role and Vir was playing another important role. However he opted out at the last minute as his dates were clashing with another film, Revolver Rani, that has him paired opposite Kangna Ranaut. Looks like he chose Kangs over this project.” On why Shah chose Ranvir to replace Vir, the source states, “It’s a revenge comedy, a genre which has never been attempted before in Bollywood. He wanted an actor who is good with comedy as well and that’s why he finally chose Ranvir.” Vir and Shah chose not to reply to our SMSes.
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 8, 2013)
Actor and popular stand-up comedian, Vir Das, has landed a lead role in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s action flick, Revolver Rani. Co-produced by Tigmanshu and Rahul Mittra, the film will be directed by Sai Kabir.
A source told Mumbai Mirror: “Vir Das has been chosen to play the male lead opposite Kangna Ranaut in Revolver Rani.
“While Tigmanshu was busy with the post production of Sahib Biwi Gangster 2 and the shooting of Bullet Raja, his team completed the script of Revolver Rani. The film is scheduled to go on floors in March.” It is the first time Vir will be playing a lead role. A source adds: “Vir is excited to work with Tigmanshu. He and Kangna will be attending a series of workshops with the director before the shooting begins.”
Vir’s previous roles in films like Delhi Belly, Badmaash Company and Love Aaj Kaal had impressed the audience and the critics alike.
Jayoti Soor (DNA; December 13, 2012)
To laugh is easy but to make others laugh with you is an art you have to master. According to comedian Vir Das, for whom tickling the funny bone comes easy, comedy is all about observing and seeing beyond the obvious. Then any situation will lend itself to ridicule. Taking the philosophy further, he’s launching three live shows that will turn the tables on people gunning for the headlines.
“I don’t believe comedy requires much preparation. For my first show, we’ll all sit down and watch the prime time news and poke fun at the news makers. In another show that we are about to launch, we will pick one national idiot in every six weeks, on the basis of who has done the stupidest thing to become the subject of national ridicule. Then we will take the person to a weird location that will be disclosed at the last minute and we all will get a chance to take pot shots at him or her. It will be uncensored and a catharsis to all our woes,” he says. Also, in an attempt to take the concept of edutainment to the next level, he will add his dose of humour to it. “Me and my group of comedians will turn the chapters taught in eighth grade civics into a comical dialogue so that the youth are more in tune with how the laws in India are framed constitutionally. It will be a far cry from the dull and drab way that it was taught to us in school,” Vir adds.
He confesses that not a day passes by when he doesn’t wake up with ideas that he needs to execute. More >
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; December 10, 2012)
Vir Das is getting ready to pump some iron for his next Bollywood project. The standup comedian-cum-actor has hired Shahid Kapoor’s trainer Abbas Ali to help him build a set of eight-pack abs for his upcoming film. Vir is apparently working out for three hours every day and will be doing so for the next four months.
A friend of Vir says, “He has been asked to be on a strict diet and do rigorous training. He is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to getting into top shape.”
“I have been asked to undergo a physical transformation,” Vir laughs and adds, “I am basically undoing 10 years of my lifestyle as a comedian!”