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    “When you do a film you want more and more people to see it”- Vinay Pathak

    Monday, February 18, 2008
    After the immense success of ‘Bheja Fry’ the actor with a funny bone Vinay Pathak is on cloud 9. Making himself a niche in a highly commercial Bollywood market, Vinay has a lot more to offer us this year.

    We get up close with the actor to find out what’s keeping him busy. After the initial pleasantries we get in to a friendly chat, and right into the core of the matter.

    Vinay, to start off with what’s the latest film you have signed and also tell us a little about your character in the film.

    Well, the last I’ve signed is ‘Mumbai Chaka Chak’ a film by Sanjay Jha Mastan being produced by Suneil Shetty’s Popkorn Entertainment. This film is special as it’s an ensemble cast and the subtext of the film is about cleanliness in our city. The story has a message which is just so apt and it’s the right time for a film like this.

    A little about your character, please…

    The shooting of the film hasn’t started as yet but still I’ll give you a little insight into my character. Basically, I play the antagonist in the film who stands for all that is wrong. He is ignorant of the hazards of accumulating waste and dirtying the city. It’s more like the new school of thought comprising of Rahul Bose, Mandira Bedi and Cyrus Broacha taking on the old school guys i.e. Suresh Menon and me.

    Post ‘Bheja Fry’ how has life changed?

    Post Bheja Fry I’m getting lots of work to choose from. Producers are actually offering me chunkier roles. I have many such releases this year.

    Do tell us of the movies in store for us and a little about the characters you play

    In April-May there is ‘Oh My God’ which is an entertainer pitched in the modern society. I’m paired with Divya Dutta, and the film directed by Saurab Shrivastav talks about the craze for making money.

    Then there is ‘Straight’ by Paruti Balagopalan of ‘Rules-Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula’. It’s a romantic love story with Gul Panag.

    And then there is Saurab Shukla’s ‘Raat Gayi Baat Gayi’ with Rajat , Neha Dhupia and Anu Menon (Lolakutty of Channel V) . I have to mention that Anu has floored us with her performance, she is simply awesome.

    Any plans of turning director?

    Yup! Maybe next year.

    So what sort of genre do you want to explore?

    Don’t know as of now.

    Do you feel that Ranveer, Rajat and you have created a clique of your own that makes the so called ‘niche’ films for a ‘niche’ audience?

    Niche is all hogwash. We too belong to the same Industry. Its one big hub and we too are members of it. It’s not true that our movie is for anybody specifically. At the end of the day, when you do a film you want more and more people to see it. Then how can it be ‘niche’. It’s just that today the masses are appreciative of our work and the consumer is the king, looking always for something different and entertaining.

    You seem to have lost a lot of weight, is it particularly for any film?

    Yes. It’s for a film which I wouldn’t want to reveal anything about right now.

    Vinay, tell me according to you what’s the best film that has released this year?

    ‘Mithya’.

    Ok, if one were to watch a film according to your recommendation what would it be?

    Mithya. Did you watch it?

    Yes

    Well, what did you think of the film?

    hmmm….it was ok, but you were barely there in it. Anyways,we look forward to greater performances from your side. It was a pleasure talking to you. God bless!

    Thank you.



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