Talk about our absolute favorite comedy movies from the past two decades, and most of them have filmmaker Priyadarshan behind the camera. Hera Pheri, Hulchul, Bhagam Bhag, Malamaal Weekly, De Dana Dan or Bhool Bhulaiyaa, his movies are the solace for a large percentage of Hindi speaking audience.
So, what is the formula for making a successful comedy film in Bollywood? Priyadarshan, who is back directing a Bollywood project after an eight-year hiatus from Hungama 2, expressed his views on the same.
Picking the key elements needed in a comedy film, Priyadarshan told indianexpress.com, “Above all, it takes a good situation. Then performance and timing from the actors. Also, make sure that each scene evolves into the next. Meng ten Finally, humor, including slapstick, jokes and story without making it look strange, so you have to mix everything in the right proposition, like a very good chef makes a stock.”
Hungama (2003) starred Rimi Sen, Akshaye Khanna, Aftab Shivdasani, Paresh Rawal and Shoma Anand.
Priyadarshan’s filmography also flaunts movies in various genres and languages, but it is his comedies that every cinephile would love to rewatch at any time.
We ask Priyadarshan if he is a funny man in real life to understand the nuances needed to make the audience laugh, and he says, “I’m not funny at all. I always have to be very serious. I write it, execute it, but at the same time I am not a humorous person. Every time I read a script, my colleagues in Kerala say, ‘Please give us the paper and don’t tell us, because you would have written it in a much better way than how you tell it.’ But I am someone who likes to be in a very lively, humorous company, because I learn a lot there. I have a certain circle of friends that is incredibly hilarious.”
Priyadarshan claimed that there is a lighter side to his personality, which shows up in his films, adding, “My father was a college librarian. In my youth he bought me a lot of comics. Those days, and even today, if you ask me, my favorite is watching Tom and Jerry. I have a huge collection of them.”
Hungama 2 is a second part of his own previous film, Hungama (2003), starring Shilpa Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Meezaan Jafri, Pranitha Subhash and others. The comedic caper will premiere on Disney Plus Hotstar on July 23.