Despite Housefull featuring Akshay Kumar as the
central protagonist, you have to your credit some of the best
scenes in the film. No role cutting by Akshay here?
Time and again I am faced with this question that 'Akshay role kaat-ta hai'. I don't know where does this all come from. At least I have never witnessed any such thing. On the contrary we all sat together for the betterment of the film. During the course of the film, there were instances when he himself asked for a scene of his to be cut off.
Well, audiences had their hands full with both you and
Akshay on frame. Tell me Riteish, when it comes to comic timing,
both you and Akshay have been known for doing quite well over the
years. Did it lead to some kind of healthy competition between the
two of you?
Not at all. As I said, it was a healthy collective effort. There are so many lines that Akshay gave to me in the film. Even for the much talked about climax sequence, he gave me one of the best punch lines. I also came up with my own suggestions. See, I really consider him as a good friend of mine. I have spent a year with him, Sajid Khan and Sajid Nadiadwala. We all often meet for a cup of coffee and dinner. We watch cricket and discuss a lot of things other than movies as well. I really cherish the kind of relationship that the four of us share.
It seems you share a great relationship with Lara Dutta
too. First Do Knot Disturb and now Housefull, it
has been quite some association between the two of
I enjoy working with Lara. I feel she is one of the funniest girls whom we have in the industry today. It's really great to have her around and work with her. Also, since I am good friends with her, it makes it all the more easier.
In her professional life though, it doesn't seem to be
an easy situation for her. Though she has been around for so long
and doing consistently well, don't you too feel that she is someone
who has not yet got her due?
I think she is doing great for herself. I can't and should not comment on whether she has got her due or not. She has been choosing her roles carefully and doing well every time. She is talented and I am sure she is made for better things in months to come.
For you too, it must have been a huge relief. After
Aladin, Rann and Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai, you now
have a huge money spinner in your hands in the form of
Of course yes. In fact I was wondering if audience and critics would be kind to me because indulging into the kind of humour that Housefull carries is always a risky business. You never know when and how you will end getting bashed. But thankfully everyone has been unanimously nice to me and the jokes that I have cracked in the film. Glad to see it all working out after all.
You also bettered yourself physically for your film and
developed those six pack abs. How come you never spoke much about
then when other lesser actors continue to tom-tom about their
physical appearance at the drop of the hat?
I developed these six packs primarily for the film and mainly for just one song - 'Oh Girl, You Are Mine'. But that doesn't mean that at any public function, social gathering or in private parties, I start removing my shirt and try to project those abs. One should promote a film as a whole, not yourself for your physicality.
Sajid and Co. didn't leave any stones unturned for the
film's promotion though and as things stand today, the film is all
set to be in the biggest league of box office openers.
I know. The film was meant to be an out and out entertainer and I am glad it has turned out to be mix of massy and a classy mix. It is catering to multiplexes, single screens, masses and classes across all age groups. Sajid (Khan) was always so confident about this that even at the beginning of the shoot, he gave me a letter that stated 'Welcome to the biggest hit of your career'. Last time when he did that for Heyy Babyy I doubted that. The film went on to cross 50 crores just in India. This time he aimed for bigger and as we all can see, such collections would be very comfortably surpassed in the matter of days.