Humshakals, the latest offering from director Sajid Khan, is a Bollywood comedy about three guys and their two sets each of lookalikes. Starring Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Ram Kapoor each with a triple role and Bipasha Basu, Esha Gupta, and Tamannaah Bhatia thankfully with a only one role, the movie is… well it’s hard to actually explain. There are midgets, a mental asylum, Prince Charles speaking Hindi, British folks understanding Hindi jokes, a notorious lack of police in the House of Commons Hitler, Sadam, the KKK and rather offensive protrayals of the LGBT community. The story is predictable and the jokes are sophomoric at best, but don’t expect a Sajid Khan flick to be anything more. Saving grace in the movie are the very danceable songs by Himesh Reshammiya paired with colorful choreography (and can we add, Riteish Deshmukh makes a disturbingly good looking woman) and the lavish sets in London and Mauritius. All in all, if you’re bored this summer and are red wine drunkenly looking for something to do, head to Humshakals. Yes you are guaranteed a laugh at the movie, perhaps not as the director intended, but laugh you will at the sheer offensive and ridiculous nature of the film. Here Saif Ali Khan talks about his role(s).
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What kind of comedy should fans prepare themselves to see from you in Humshakals? I do not have an issue potentially making an ass of myself. (smiles) It does not worry me. I have found that the basic level of comedy comes easy to me and a great comedy is something else and Sajid Khan’s comedy is also something else. This film is different from anything that I have done so far. You need to have knowledge of commercial cinema to imitate actors like Rajendra Kumar, my father-in-law (Randhir Kapoor) and others.
How did you enjoy working with comedy king Sajid Khan? Humshakals is a crazy Sajid Khan comedy kind of film. He has worked extra hard on this because he felt that he has a point to prove to the world. I wanted to work with Sajid and we should all come out of our comfort zone. Sajid works hard to entertain people. Humshakals is his kind of comedy and that’s the idea – you have to make a film which is wider and Sajid is one of the top names in the film industry.
Of your many avatars in this film, you get to dress up as a woman and do a Bollywood number with Riteish. How was that? It was very interesting. It was hot, I was wearing a swimming costume, I was looking at Riteish. I was wondering if this was the right co-star to take my career forward! (smiles) But it was great working with him. He is very attractive!
How did wife Kareena Kapoor react to you mimicking her father Randhir Kapoor in Humshakals? Imitation is the highest form of flattery and Sajid is great friends with my father-in-law. So it comes with great respect and a sense of humor. Kareena reacted by saying ‘Oh God, Saif, I think Sajid is making too much fun of my family, but I am sure it’s really funny.’ And then she showed me how she imitates her father. I also made her say the line from the movie. It’s all harmless.
What did Kareena think of your scenes when you were dressed as a very glamorous woman? She was amazingly sporting. She laughed and thought it was funny and if I had been in her place I think I would have filed for divorce! (smiles) She found my chest too large. But I liked it!
Release Date: June 20
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Bipasha Basu, Esha Gupta, Ram Kapoor, and Tamannaah Bhatia
Director: Sajid Khan