Recently, actor Tusshar Kapoor was mercilessly bullied on Twitter.
A promotional picture, which showed him attempting to replicate the saucy pose made famous by John Abraham in the 2008 hit Dostana, backfired.
The actor was suddenly at the receiving end of some very nasty jokes. While some dubbed him as the “female Ayesha Takia” alluding to his pronounced chest, some others tweeted: “Why is everybody making fun of Tusshar Kapoor? Just leave her alone.”
A sensitive soul would have been crushed under such a scathing attack. Not Kapoor.
He tells tabloid! he took it all in his stride.
“We wanted to attract attention to the film,” he says. “Now, whether they kill the photograph or pelt it with stones, I don’t mind. What they fail to see is that the scene is entirely situational. About Twitter comments, anybody can say anything and get away with it.”
Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum, which will see Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh reunite, is scheduled to be out this Thursday in the UAE, subject to the censor board’s approval. The film is a sequel to the 2005 hit Kyaa Kool Hai Hum.
The adult comedy has already seen producer Ekta Kapoor lock horns with India’s censor authorities after it demanded some scenes be edited. In India, the film has been rated “A” (only for adults), but Kapoor defends his film.
“I don’t think it’s vulgar. There’s a certain graph to the plot. In a bawdy comedy, a plot is like an icing on the cake. Also, its humour borders on the sexy,” he says.
His advice to viewers: Take a chill pill.
“I know we are naughty but there is a certain logic to all our madness. People often describe comedies as brainless flicks, but you won’t do the same with Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum,” says Kapoor, who as Adi is on a quest to find the perfect life partner which leads him to Goa.
The film is directed by Sachin Yardi.
Kapoor says there is a slight hypocrisy when it comes to Bollywood adult comedies.
“If you ask me, you are unnecessarily cynical about Indian comedies. If it comes from a foreign language, we are far more forgiving,” he says.
Comparisions to Hollywood hit American Pie, is unfair, says his co-star Deshmukh.
“Please don’t compare it to American Pie because both the countries have different cultures and barriers on what we can and what we cannot do onscreen. We come with our own brand of naughtiness and flavour,” says Deshmukh.
“I don’t think there’s anything crude about the film. It’s just misunderstood humour and it’s not like I am specialising in these vulgar jokes. In the film, when my character cracks a joke, he utters them with utmost sincerity. So can he help it if they come off vulgar? I have always believed that good humour is all about good writing. So if written well, it’s easy for an actor to pull off that joke.”
Deshmukh plays a DJ in the film, and says he is not concerned about releasing a film during Ramadan.
“My job is to act. The release of a film is up to the producers and the distributors. Earlier, during those 40 days, films never released. But lots have changed since then. We hope that everyone will go to the theatres for a good laugh,” he says.
The actors have been busy promoting the film in India — from introducing their fans to Fakru, a boxer pup in the film, and celebrating its birthday by presenting it a cake featuring adult star Sunny Leone to flashing racy pictures on Twitter.
“Yes, my picture in trunks may not have been taken from my best angle. But as an actor, it’s never about my picture. It’s about the film. I want to create awareness about our film. That’s what I care about,” says Kapoor.
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Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum releases in the UAE this Thursday. The movie has been rated ‘G’ (General Admission) in the UAE.
“My definition of cool is being yourself. Never pretend to someone else, it will never work.” Riteish Deshmukh.