Comedy films

Anees Bazmee: “Comedy films, if done well, have repeat value!”

Writer-director Anees Bazmee. Photo: Publicity Photo

He accepts the wishes of the Almighty with humility. Eight of Anees Bazmee’s 16 films as a director have worked so far, some like Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha no entry welcome and Ready. The first three, as well as his thriller, Deewangeeand the success of television and satellite Sandwich are also considered classics. He also wrote the blockbuster Aankhen (1993) and co-wrote over 40 others, including those he edited.

As he says when we meet again for his last film, Bhool Bhoulaiya 2“Sometimes the rewards, like fame and money, just don’t match the hard work, dedication and honesty I put into my job. And sometimes they do. And there are times when I really feel that the returns exceed my expectations, so I accept his verdict and that of the public!

Anees began his career assisting Raj Kapoor in Prem Rog and was initially discouraged from making films by sympathizers, mostly because he was a good writer later on. “When I led Hulchul and it didn’t go well, they all said, ‘We told you so!’ giving me examples of great writers who couldn’t make a successful movie. With a straight face, he adds: “All that changed after Pyaar to Hona Hi Tha and Deewangee! But hard work has no shortcut, though God will always take care of the people who do it. mehnat!”


Naturally full of humor, Anees also believes in keeping the atmosphere playful on his sets. “The journey of making a film is important, because the outcome cannot be predicted. But everyone should have great memories to look back on!

Anees explains, “I gained a lot of love and respect, because making comedy films is never easy.” The director lets slip more details about his successful innings and continues, “Come Ludhiana, London and pan-India, my film should appeal to everyone. Once I was watching a movie with my mother, who is illiterate, and she said that a particular shot gave her a headache and she couldn’t understand the fast movements – it was a sequence in which the Jimmy Jib, then new to India, was used. Such technicalities should be used with discretion, so when my Deewangee producer Nitin Manmohan rented a Jimmy Jib and I didn’t use it, I offered to rent it! We are storytellers and we have to decide if we should tell it simply or make it difficult!

At the same time, Anees rarely takes stock of what he is going to write. ““For me, a screenplay is never a Bible, I constantly improvise. My scripts also arrive gradually. Like when I started writing Welcome, it was a simple love story between Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. As I continued, Nana Patekar came, then Feroz Khan and so on. It’s like making a dam. You decide how the water flows, or let the water take its own direction!

On his penchant for comedy, here’s another gem of a quote: “Comedy movies, if done right, have repeat value because even though you know what’s going to happen, you want it. live again! With a thriller, romance, or drama, you might not want to review the material. You know who is going to be slapped or killed and it can annoy you!

With Bhool Bhoulaiya 2, Anees tells you that he knew exactly what to repeat from the original and what to avoid. “It was my first horror comedy, so the excitement made me enjoy it more. The old movie has a reputation, and mine is a story apart. I decide to stick with the iconic name Manjulika for the movie. mind, a havelitwo songs, the title track and Friend I tomar and Rajpal Yadav as one of three pundits. But I have used them all differently. So there is my effort to recreate the memory of the old film, while making viewers understand that it is brand new. In fact,” he jokes, “I still feel like I was given this mission to power me up because I had to match the iconic status of the original!

Anees praises its cast, especially the main trio. Kartik, he says, will do whatever he can to improve his film, while the equally hardworking Kiara Advani has enjoyed rapid career growth. As to why he cast veteran Tabu, known for his serious roles, in a comedy film, he says, “If an actor is really good, he or she can do anything. You just have to have the courage to laugh at yourself. I sensed the comic potential of Tabu (which has already been seen in some movies), the same way I cast Nana Patekar when Uday Shetty’s character in Welcome has been expanded. Or even take Irrfan Khan. These actors know not only what to do but also what do not To do.”

Anees admits that he became a writer as a shortcut to directing himself. “I was fighting endlessly with my directors then, and now I am fighting with my screenwriters! The poor guys here, Farhad Samji and Aakash Kaushik, did a great job. But believe me, no good movie can be made without a lot of fights between the creators!