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Using Humour to Entertain People is Very Tough, Says ‘Dream Girl’ Director Raaj Shaandilyaa

Starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Nushrat Bharucha, Dream Girl is scheduled to release on September 13.


Updated:August 30, 2019, 2:35 PM IST
Using Humour to Entertain People is Very Tough, Says ‘Dream Girl’ Director Raaj Shaandilyaa
Director Raaj Shaandilyaa and producer Ekta Kapoor with actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Nushrat Bharucha at the trailer launch of their upcoming film Dream Girl in Mumbai on August 12. (Photo: IANS)

Raaj Shaandilya, who is making his directorial debut with Dream Girl, starring Ayushmann Khurrana, says critics and intellectuals have never treated comedy films with due respect.

"In the entertainment business, the comedy genre has always been treated as a second-class citizen. Show me how many comedy films have got a National Award? When it comes to writing, comedy is tough to write and it is actually a serious business, but we are never given due credit. People tend to think that anyone can do comedy. What they forget is that using sense of humour in a useful way to entertain people is very tough," Raaj told IANS. 

Giving Charlie Chaplin’s example, he added, "He is the guru of comedy but look at the kind of appreciation he has got. After working for 25 years, he became the icon that he is. He got an Oscar, when people gave him a standing ovation for 12 minutes. You know why? Because he entertained people for years after years and they believed that he deserved the award he won."

Dream Girl revolves around a man named Lokesh (played by Ayushmann) who has a talent of speaking and singing in a woman's voice. The comic drama is about how his voice-changing talent lands him in trouble and a comedy of errors ensues.

Raaj said there are actors and filmmakers such as Govinda and David Dhawan who have delivered commercially successful films but have never been given the award and respect they deserve. "We (comedians and comedy filmmakers) are treated like jokers, and you do not emotionally connect with a joker. You want them in the story of your life, you enjoy the moment and forget about it. It would be great if our work is also looked at as a piece of art and given due respect," he said.

Raaj, who has worked as a scriptwriter for the TV show Comedy Circus, besides films such as Welcome Back!, Freaky Ali, Bhoomi and Jabariya Jodi, says comedy and humour are not the same. "You will never say sense of comedy, it is always about sense of humour. Comedy could be slapstick, dark comedy and other sub-genres. But all of them come from a sense of humour. Playing it out to convey something is a serious job," he explained.

Also starring Nushrat Bharucha, Dream Girl is scheduled to release on September 13.

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