The affable Riteish Deshmukh will no more do sex comedies. The guy whose name got willy-nilly linked with raunchy rom-coms like Masti and Kya Kool Hain Hum has sworn to steer clear of sex on screen.
Declares Riteish, "I won't do any more sex comedies. It started with Masti. Now five years down the line, Masti writer Milap Zaveri, who's a dear friend, has turned director with Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai and there's absolutely no sex or double-meaning dialogues in it."
Riteish Deskhmukh and writer-director Milap Zaveri have both set a common date. April 9 has been underlined in the calendar. It's the day Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai is being released. Five years ago on same date - April 9 - Masti had been released. Zaveri wanted his film as director to be released on that date.
Says Riteish, "Both Milap and I go back a long way. We've come a long way. We've left our raunchy days behind. Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai is my first romantic film since my debut film Tujhe Meri Kasam in 2003. Milap is the most romantic person I know. So it's only fair that he makes a romantic film with me."
Riteish and Milap are long-time collaborators. Milap even scripts Riteish's lines for an international awards function which Riteish hosts with Boman every year. Says Ritesh fondly, "I think Milap's sense of humour and quips suit me. We may have gone over-the-top in Masti. But now we've both settled down to a mellow expression in Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai."
Riteish is being extra-picky about his roles now. He has to make sure that nothing corny or controversial comes his way. "After Sajid Khan's Housefull, I haven't signed anything except Dhamaal 2 which is not a sex comedy. How can it be? When it features no female actors. That apart, I 'm planning something again with Ram Gopal Varma. Ramuji knows how to use me well on screen. Each time we've done something different."
Riteish Deshmukh and Akshay Kumar play a couple of losers in their new comedy together. Says Riteish, "Akshay and I work in a casino in Housefull. Any table that Akshay touches ends up having losers on it."
For the first time Riteish along with the rest of the cast has taken off his clothes in Housefull. "Sajid Khan said, 'Enough female skin. I want to show male skin now. I told him to hold the song until the end of the schedule, so that I work could towards building my body for the sequence on the beach," says the generally shy Riteish Deshmukh about his new 6-pack look.
Finally, the mandatory question on his dosti with Genelia D'Souza. "Can't I give you my mandatory answer? Then I'll say we've been friends from the time we did Tujhe Meri Kasam together. And so it shall remain. The profile of our friendship is not going to change."