Updated January 6th, 2024 at 12:06 IST
Rohit Shetty shares he was 'scared' for Tusshar's character in Golmaal which later became a cult
"I was scared about that character since there was no dialogue," says Rohit Shetty about Tusshar Kapoor's character in Golmaal which became a cult later.
Rohit Shetty is the hitmaker of the comedy franchise Golmaal headlined by Ajay Devgn. The filmmaker helmed the film after his debut directorial Zameen failed to strike a chord with the audience. Shetty ended up producing the comedy-drama Golmaal, which became legendary over time. He discussed how Golmaal came to be and how he focused on the movie's characters in a recent interview.
Rohit Shetty reveals he was skeptical while making Golmaal for this reason
In conversation with comedian Bharti Singh and her husband Harsh Lambachiya, Rohit Shetty opened up about the casting of Golmaal. The filmmaker recalled how the film came to into being. He narrated, “I made Zameen, it didn’t work. Ajay said, ‘It’s ok. I will make a film with you again.’ So, we were writing a thriller and the production company Ashtavinayak had signed me. While I was writing it, I met Neeraj Vohra, who used to frequent the office of Ashtavinayak. He asked me, ‘Should I narrate a story to you?’”
Shetty recalled being stunned by a famous writer-director is readily giving his film. He continued, “He (Neeraj) said, ‘I had done a play in Marathi and Gujarati’. He then narrated the plot of Golmaal. It was luck, not my hard work. But then I worked very hard on that story.” Neeraj Vora was then introduced by Rohit Shetty to Ajay Devgn, who was eager to work with him on a movie. Rohti recalled, “He (Ajay) also said, ‘Jo karna hai karle (Do whatever you want to)’ So, he also supported me. We completed writing the film and made it in the hope that it would help me set my career and would do average business. I never thought it would become a cult film.”
Rohit Shetty said they faced trouble while casting Arshad Warsi’s character
In the same conversation, Rohit revealed that he struggled to find a suitable actor for the role that Arshad Warsi ultimately took on, even though Devgn and Sharman Joshi were already committed. He recalled, “Arshad Warsi was not a part of the film. Ajay and Sharman were there, but we could not find anyone for Arshad’s character. 2-3 actors rejected it also. Then we were told that Munna Bhai MBBS has been postponed and Arshad is free. We narrated the script to him at night, and within a couple of days, he was with us in Goa shooting the film.”
He also recalled the difficulties faced while approaching Tusshar Kapoor for the role. He added, “Something similar happened with Tusshar. I asked him, ‘There’s no dialogue. Will you manage?’ He said yes and that character became a cult. I was scared about that character since there was no dialogue.” Following its premiere, Golmaal was so successful that Rohit Shetty decided to convert it into a franchise. The comedy series now comprises of Golmaal Returns, Golmaal 3, and Golmaal Again.
Published January 6th, 2024 at 12:06 IST