MAD WORLD: Humshakals is all set for release and looks set to keep audiences in stitches.
MAD WORLD: Humshakals is all set for release and looks set to keep audiences in stitches.
IS THAT ME? Riteish Deshmukhs three avatars in Humshakals.
IS THAT ME? Riteish Deshmukhs three avatars in Humshakals.

He has been a consistent feature of each and every Sajid Khan film, be it ‘Heyy Babyy’, ‘Housefull’, ‘Housefull 2’ and even ‘Himmatwala’. However, when it comes to ‘Humshakals’, where he would be seen in a triple role, Riteish Deshmukh is happy to acknowledge Saif Ali Khan as the freshness factor in the film. Bollywood Hungama’s Joginder Tuteja reports…

By the look of things, Humshakals is a mad world created by Sajid. Apparently, you, along with Saif are possessed by a dog in the film, due to which you run around the streets. Did it ever get embarrassing? (Smiles) Well, it isn’t just this single scene, there are a lot of others where we may have been embarrassed had we become conscious about it.

But you are just doing your job after all.

Then there is Sajid who always carries so much of conviction, that you just go with the flow.

Moreover, Saif and Ram (Kapoor) were in there as well amid all the mayhem, so it wasn’t embarrassing at all.

You and Saif have traditionally followed different methods of comedy right through your career. How do you complement each other in Humshakals? Yes, we have an entirely different approach. In fact, for Saif, Humshakals is probably one of its kind commercial massy flicks. Otherwise, when it comes to comedies, you usually find him in light-hearted affairs such as Dil Chahta Hai or Hum Tum. He approaches a character there in a much subtle manner.

It is different in the case of Humshakals, though, where he has absolutely played to the gallery. This is the reason why I truly believe that Saif is freshness of the film.

While you are crediting Saif here, the fact remains that between Housefull and Grand Masti, you have scored a double hat-trick with six successes in a row. That’s too good to be true, isn’t it? Oh yes, it is too good to be true, for sure. People have been kind and God has been great.

As for my coming films, I don’t want to think too far away.

We are still pitching and promoting the two films. I think we will talk about it once we know what happens.

Having said that, the vibes are good, so you do feel that in the air.

Still, you aren’t heard blowing trumpets around your continued success? Have you specially instructed your PR team to keep it low? Well, to each, his own. See, once a film is successful, you have to concentrate on the newer ones that are in your hand.

Now that I am talking to you about Humshakals, why would anyone want to say, hear or write about Grand Masti? You just move on to your next.

Humshakals is a forthcoming Bollywood comedy film directed by Sajid Khan and produced by Vashu Bhagnani. Saif Ali Khan, Ram Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh will be seen in a triple role.

The film has been shot extensively in foreign locations. It also stars Tamannaah Bhatia, Esha Gupta and Bipasha Basu. –

lHumshakals releases at local cinemas on Friday.