Golmaal is a known setting. Does that make it a far more comfortable outing for you?
Yes, it becomes comfortable but then despite a known setting, we treated this like an altogether new movie. Yes, there are high expectations from the film but then they are good because they keep you on your toes. Also, now, because Golmaal 3 has become even bigger due to large number of actors, you have to work harder to make your presence felt.
But how did the team ensure that the confidence from the success of the earlier two instalments didn't border on over confidence?
Yes, we were confident for sure. However, as the captain of the ship, Rohit (Shetty) himself made sure that no one, including himself, turned overconfident at all. In fact he was always thinking that we should not be taking anything for granted or get carried away. In fact he used to talk about Golmaal and Golmaal Returns and inspire us all to do something different.
If there was something that people didn't like in the first two parts, he would fine tune the script to correct it this time around. Just like every other creative person, he too had his bouts of insecurity. But yes, overall we were quite confident while keeping enough space for improvement.
Improvement? So, do we see Tusshar beginning to speak now as well?
[Laughs] I guess Rohit won't allow me to change that at all.
But don't you feel that with others getting the speaking part, you could pitch in as well?
I used to have such apprehensions but mainly in the first part. I felt that amongst so many people, ek gooonga aadmi kya karega. However, after working in Golmaal Returns, I guess this exactly is the USP of this character. I have realised that this trait of the character has been justified even before with Golmaal 3. I have got my due by getting ample scope to perform. After finishing the shooting, I am feeling very secure and happy. Audience will get enough of this character in Golmaal 3. [Smiles] And guess what, I also have a long emotional outburst scene this time around. Imagine going mute for that!
Well, one couldn't imagine you pulling off your stunts as well. What made you go for that 'jeep over the cars' stunt?
Ask me (Laughs). When the script was narrated, Rohit had told me that I would be driving a sand bike. It was later when he said that it would be a jeep. I thought that may be he would put it on a harness, so I consented to it. When I reached the location, I went like 'Oh my God, this vehicle is going to wobble; after all there were three slopes that I had to go over'. I didn't know how I would manage that and just kept telling myself that 'let me try; I may just about manage to pull it off'.
I was scared and thought of going over one slope at a time. We started doing like that and it was fine. Then we took another shot with the second slope and so on. It was lunch and I thought that I was done. This is when Rohit threw a bomb that now he wanted me to attempt all three slopes at the same time. I somehow did that and thought that I was finally done. Guess what, I still wasn't. Now he asked me to do it again as he also wanted some close-up shots. Man, it was some experience for sure.
So we have a mute Tusshar, some good camaraderie, a familiar environment and some stunts. With all the fun and frolic around, do we actually see a concrete storyline as well in Golmaal 3?
The most special thing about Golmaal 3 is that it has a nice emotional base to it. There is a proper script and storyline and a treatment that makes it a family entertainer. The narrative is such that the characters have emotions. Of course comedy is there throughout because that's an integral part of the film's flavour. We took the best of the first and the second part and added a lot more to it.
The million dollar question though is, will Golmaal 3 manage to emulate the success of earlier parts?
It has an edge over other comedy films that we have seen in the past. Typically in case of out and out comedies, you see comedy, comedy and then some action before the film ends. That is not the case here as it also comes with a certain depth due to an emotional aspect to it. It comes with a capability of crossing the success of both the films.