Tusshar Kapoor talks to Suranjana Biswas on how his character has evolved across the Golmaal franchise and how he got into the skin of Lucky once again
Your character Lucky has become extremely popular over the years. What was the brief given to you years ago before the first Golmaal?
When I was offered the part, it was not decided what the character was going to be like. The makers wanted to make it a four-hero film. I said ‘yes’ immediately, even though I had no idea where this character was going. I was a little apprehensive but I did it because I wanted to work with Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty.
I just went ahead with my gut feeling. Theatre actor Vikash Kadam had played this character on stage. Sherman Joshi suggested that I meet him because he felt that Vikash would be able to help me with the sign language and train me for the character.
When I met Vikash and Rohit, we decided that the character wouldn’t be dumb but would try and speak through his body language and expressions. He wouldn’t be completely mute because he was able to hear. I did a workshop for three weeks. In the second instalment, I played a very innocent brother. In the third instalment, all the characters became more street smart. It became more real, rowdy and aggressively mischievous and we have retained that in the fourth part. Before the latest instalment, I was given a brief where I am supposed to get possessed.
Golmaal, being a comedy franchise, always had a back story.
The actors who had been a part of the previous films didn’t need a script, they just needed a narration. They knew what their characters were all about. I asked the ADs to send me a copy of the scene a day before the shooting of any scene. As far as a brief is concerned, we were made to listen to the script just once.
On the first day of the shoot, the only thing the director did was make us watch 30 minutes of Golmaal 3 to get into the zone of what energy levels he wanted, as far as the character is concerned. He wanted the same aggression and energy. I used to keep reading the scripts anyway. As far as the back story is concerned, it just makes the boys emotional of course, but has nothing much to do with the characters.
Isn’t it difficult to play a character like this across four instalments while retaining the same energy? What were the challenges?
It was very challenging because you have to repeat the same thing and the same magic. I had to keep comparing myself with the earlier films to keep myself in check. I kept asking Sajid-Farhad and Rohit, if it was looking okay. Before the film began, I watched all three instalments of Golmaal. I did a mini workshop with Vikash, just to brush up the skills. I did a lot of preparation which helped me get to that energy level. It helped me decide what to keep and what to eliminate about my character.
The biggest challenge was to make this character stand out, like I have done in the previous films. I used to just jump into the zone and give it my all. I had to make my presence felt even though I was not able to communicate. Even the reactions had to be taken care of while I was enacting a scene. I tried to be as energetic as possible.
Tell us about your association with Rohit Shetty.
We are both busy. He is quite a workaholic. We haven’t met too many times besides the shoot. We don’t really meet much on a personal level and he moves on to the next film very fast. We have a great professional rapport and I know exactly what he wants; what fire he wants the actor to bring to the role. I know his expectations and that sets the ball rolling. He makes you feel very comfortable because he is also the producer.
It is always fun to work with an ensemble cast. What was the dynamic like with your co-stars on set?
The equation was such that when we rebanded, we restarted where we left off. Tabu is a friend and I know her personally. It was just wonderful to have her on set. Ajay apparently has been friends with Tabu since childhood. So for the three of us, it felt like home. It was very chilled out. This is my sixth film with Ajay, I know him very well. I am also very comfortable and aware of his seniority. There were no apprehensions of feeling like a stranger with anyone. Parineeti is totally an extrovert and doesn’t have any hang-ups. It was very easy.
How do you feel about getting so much appreciation from the audience, for your character?
We go through so much while filming and you are devoting an entire year to a film. There are delays, or may be sometimes we are travelling, or I might have to take my baby along. So, after all this, when people appreciate your performance, especially in an ensemble cast, it calms my nerves. It makes me feel that my hard work has paid off.