He made his debut as an actor wth Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai in May 2001, and in a month, he will complete 11 years in the film industry. Even though his debut film was a big hit, his other movies didn’t match expectations. But Tusshar never gave up. So, despite the ups and downs, he kept his counsel and has peppered his career with hits. In a free-wheeling interview, Tusshar looks back at his journey
What were the last 11 years like for you in the industry?
It’s been really good. I started very well but there was a lull. However, since 2004, my journey has been fun. I got the opportunity to work on some good films, with good directors and nice people. There were some landmark films in my career too.
Do you remember your first shot?
My first shot was for Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai. Unfortunately, the scene didn’t make it to the film. It was a dream sequence, where I confide my feelings to Kareena Kapoor and she hyper reacts as she had always considered me a friend. This scene was shot even before Refugee released. We had shot it at Mehboob Studio.
You are going to portray a dark/angry role in Shootout At Wadala…
Yes, I play a gangster in the film. There are bound to be intense moments but he also brings some comic relief to the film. Also, this is the biggest cast I have ever worked with and it includes eight to nine actors. There are three teams in the film. The character Manya Surve’s team has John Abraham and me and there is Dawood Ibrahaim’s team and the cop’s team. The film is basically Surve’s journey so the audience will see John and me throughout the film.
Why have you never been the hero in any of Ekta Kapoor’s films?
I only do a film if the director wants me in it and I like the role, and Ekta is not making films for me. She is making films for her company and whenever she wants me, I’ll do her films since her company really pushes their films a lot. In fact, even my first film was under my home banner.
What is Bhaiyaji Superhit all about?
It is an action comedy. It’s a story about filmmaking. I’m playing a writer in it, Arshad Warsi plays a director and Sunny Deol plays a don. So what happens in this production is the main crux of the film.
During your acting career, what’s the strangest wish someone has asked you for?
Someone wants me to play an out-and-out negative role.
Any plans of turning producer?
No, I don’t think that will happen right now. Neither am I interested in directing.
There was news of you doing Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai 2?
Satish Kaushikji and I have been thinking of working together. Someone got wind of that and assumed were doing a sequel. That is not true. How can you make a sequel to Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai?
You’ve had a very strange on-screen relationship with Kareena Kapoor – two films as her hero, then one as her brother and one as her enemy.
Films just happen, you cannot plan them. It’s a good thing we didn’t do a bad film and ruin our pairing. Whenever we have worked together, people have liked us. Our track record reflects that. If things work out, we might work together agian.
When will Golmaal 4 happen?
I guess it will take a while. Rohit Shetty is busy with Bol Bachchan right now and then he will go ahead with his next,Chennai Express. Maybe after that, he will start work on Golmaal 4.
His Take On Khakee
I did Khakee in 2004. It was a big film and I did it after a lot of films I shouldn’t have signed. I thank Rajkumar Santoshi for giving me that opportunity. That was a turning point in my career as I got the opportunity to work with Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. It was a very good role and he showered me with compliments throughout the film, especially that one last scene where I killed Ajay Devgn’s character. It was added at the last minute and was really the icing on the cake.
His Take On Kya Kool Hain Hum
I shot for Kya Kool Hain Hum in 2005. We were a little apprehensive while doing the film as it was a sex comedy. Things were different then and there was no audience differentiation as there was no concept of a ‘multiplex film’. We were the first to come up with such a film. Youngsters and the masses gave us a massive thumbs-up and now we are waiting for the sequel to Kya Supercool Hai Hum.
His Take On Golmaal
Golmaal released in 2006 and even at that time, I was quite skeptical about doing it. I had just worked on Kya Kool Hai Hum, which was a success at the box office. Golmaal had an ensemble cast with three other actors including Ajay Devgn and also Paresh Rawal, who was very popular in the comedy genre. I had thought I would get side-tracked by the cast and would not get any mileage. But I went ahead with my gut feeling and did the film. Golmaal made it for me as far as the comedy genre is concerned. I owe a lot of what I’m today to Golmaal 1.