A movie about a cop who loses his gun and a terrorist who loses his heart? Shreyas Talpade remembers laughing out loud when he first heard about the central theme of his forthcoming film, Aagey Se Right.
But once debutant director Indrajit Nattoji narrated the details, the Iqbal actor was hooked.
Excerpts from a conversation with Sify.com
So..who's the hero of Aagey Se Right...the gun..or you?
(Laughs) The gun...But it makes me a hero at the end!
Tell us something about your character in Aagey Se Right?
I play a cop, a lazy guy who's unwilling to move out of his comfort zone. A wrong man in the wrong profession. And then he loses his gun...His search leads him to unwittingly solve a few crimes... And through a comedy of error, he is made out to be a great hero.
What was it like working with new director Indranil Nattoji?
Superb. I call him a mad guy. He's brilliant, not just as a director, but also as a technical person behind the scenes.
We're going to see you as a hero after a long time --Your recent films like (Paying Guest, Golmaal Returns, etc) have all been multi-starrers. Why the preference for multi-starrers?
So long as I like the script, and the team I'm to work with, I'm open to any film.
There is a perception that multi-starrers are safer bets. The responsibility for the film does not lie on your shoulders alone. But I don't believe in that. I think every role is equally important, and determines the success of a film.
We heard rumours that you were to play Kishore Kumar. Where did that come from?
Yes, I heard those rumours too. Two years ago, Nagesh (Kukunoor) had mentioned he wanted to try a film on Kishoreda. He asked me if I would want to do a look test. I was excited, and agreed to it. The conversation ended there, however.
And then recently, all these rumours cropped up. I don't know about how that happened.
Despite the intensity of an Iqbal, most of the roles you've done since then are comedies. Was that a conscious decision? And why do you think you're a natural choice for directors when it comes to comedies.
I've also done serious films like Dor...Though a film like Apna Sapna Money Money Money was a comedy, my role was serious. I see it as an achievement that directors choose me for comic roles -- considering my debut was in a film like Iqbal.
Comedy is serious business and if people think I can pull it off, I am honoured.
Before Iqbal, you worked in a lot of Marathi serials and movies. Would you ever want to go back to working in regional films?
Perhaps, at some point in time. I am too impulsive, and don't plan too much. I've also had a couple of offers from Tamil and Telugu cinema.
Your dream role?
The Kishore-da project, if it happens.
Have you ever been influenced deeply by any film personality?
I grew up watching Amitabh Bachchan films, and I wanted to be him. I am inspired by the energy Shah Rukh Khan brings into his work. And I've closely followed Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, George Clooney and Russel Crowe.