Comedy films

It is very rare for a female protagonist to add a punch

Actress Kiara Advani says it’s rare for a female protagonist to do the heavy lifting in comedy films, as most of the punches and jokes are reserved for male characters.

Advani, who debuted in 2014, has so far starred in two comedies, the 2019 hit “Good Newwz” and his upcoming “Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2,” a mix of horror and humor. Women in Hindi cinematic comedies are mostly passive participants, unless it’s a rare female-led genre film like “Queen” or “Tanu Weds Manu” and Advani agrees that it is possible for women to do more.

“It’s very rare that a female lead adds a punch. I always want to do that. I’m one of those movies, they all had an interesting arc for the characters. But if I have to compare it to what your male lead does (in the movie), then you just can’t compare,” the actress told PTI.

Advani, who found success in romance and drama, with films like “Kabir Singh”, “Guilty” and “Shershaah”, said the fact that actresses cannot compare to what their male counterparts manage to do in comedies is because sometimes unfortunately that’s how the script is written.

“It’s definitely disappointing. Maybe it’s time to start talking and telling your director you want more. Maybe now I’ll start doing that in the future,” he said. she adds.

Advani, 29, thinks comedy is a difficult genre to break into and often doesn’t get the credit it deserves.

On her first outing in the genre in 2019, the actress credits learning the ropes of comedy with co-stars Akshay Kumar and Diljit Dosanjh. In ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’, she said she was lucky to have equally skilled actors in comedy, from Kartik Aaryan, Rajpal Yadav to Sanjay Mishra.

The film was directed by Anees Bazmee, who is known for her blockbusters in the genre like “No Entry”, “Singh Is Kinng” and “Welcome”.

“Comedy is an extremely difficult genre, but I don’t think it gets enough credit. It doesn’t come naturally to a lot of people, some people are just gifted. Comedy with Diljit and Akshay is so organic. They get that timing correct, which is crucial. This experience taught me a lot because it was the first time I did it. Even in “Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2”, everyone was fantastic and talented and moreover, when you are led by Anees sir, whose comedy is so strong, you are in good hands”, she added.

‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ is a sequel to filmmaker Priyadarshan’s 2007 film ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’ which starred Kumar, Shiny Ahuja, Ameesha Patel and Vidya Balan.

Advani said that when she narrated the sequel, it was obvious for her to say yes to the project, although she knows that the first part still relies on a high recall value.

“The film moves the franchise forward, with an entirely new storyline. Some elements were retained from the first part, just to keep the nostalgic value alive. There was no apprehension entering this world, even though we were aware that it’s not a forgotten movie. What helped me was that it had a new voice. People will compare the two movies, and that’s just because it’s a franchise, but not the characters because we don’t play the same roles,” she added.

Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani and Krishan Kumar under the banners of T-Series and Cine 1 Studios, the film is set to be released on May 20.

[With Inputs From PTI]