Saturday, August 13, 2022

No genre has shelf life as good as comedy: Bazmee

Filmmaker Anees Bazmee, known for rib-tickling hits such as “No Entry”, “Welcome”, “Singh Is Kinng” and “Ready”, believes comedies enjoy more longevity as compared to other genres.
The writer-director, who is riding high on the success of his latest horror-comedy “Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2”, said his brand of humour is situational. “No genre has a shelf life as good as a comedy. Everyone wants to laugh. There are different kinds of comedy films being made. But I don’t use shortcuts in comedy. My films are situational comedies. I don’t go for double meaning dialogues or do buffoonery to create comedy. Situational humour is the most difficult thing to do,” Bazmee told PTI.
His inspiration, the filmmaker said, is late cinema icon Hrishikesh Mukherjee, who was known for his humorous take on life in films like “Bawarchi”, “Chupke Chupke”, “Khoobsurat” and “Kissi Se Na Kehna”.
“I love Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s style of humour. He did it all in a simplistic manner and never tried hard to make people laugh,” Bazmee added.
For the director, creating the world of horror topped with humour in “Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2” was a challenging process. “It was a new world for me and I am glad people liked it. I always make movies for family audiences and when we were making this horror-comedy, we made sure that the horror element was not too scary for kids. It was a big challenge.” The film, which released in May, features Kartik Aaryan, Tabu and Kiara Advani in lead roles. (PTI)

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