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Published : Jan 21, 2016, 9:52 pm IST
Updated : Jan 21, 2016, 9:52 pm IST

Actors Tusshar Kapoor and Aftab Shivdasani get chatty about country’s first porn-com — Kyaa kool hain hum 3, taboos attached to sex comedies, growing market for such genre, controversial spoofs and more.

Still from Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3
 Still from Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3

Actors Tusshar Kapoor and Aftab Shivdasani get chatty about country’s first porn-com — Kyaa kool hain hum 3, taboos attached to sex comedies, growing market for such genre, controversial spoofs and more.

As India’s exciting movie calendar is all set to witness its first “porn-com” in Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 today, its lead actors Tusshar Kapoor and Aftab Shivdasani claim that the movie has its fair share of spoofs, goofs and hysterical sexcapades.

They speak about the taboos attached to “sex comedies” in the country, its acceptability quotient, the critics and more.

Quizzed if they are feeling a bit apprehensive about a film like this which could perhaps get too outrageous or raunchy Tusshar Kapoor asserted, “There is nothing quite outrageous about this series in particular that will make your eyes pop out while watching our antics on the screen. The movie is just a bit crazier, racier, sexier and naughtier than ever before but it’s certainly not vulgar. I understand that the movie’s tagline has been the reason for all the controversies but audiences can be rest assured that Kyaa Kool is an highly entertaining movie. Issme ashleel kuch nai hai. A lot of people feel that sex comedies are a shortcut to success. It is quite the contrary. A good film needs a good script. There have been several sex comedies in the past and they weren’t necessarily blockbusters. So if a film in this genre is not made well, it can fall apart like a pack of cards, like any other movie. It is risque and risky. In the West this genre is widely accepted and enjoyed, we in India are yet to accept it without any inhibitions.”

So does he think that adult comedies have a future in India Tusshar said, “Good films that are entertaining will always find a market anywhere in the world.”

He added, “Adult movies comprising several different genres have always existed in Bollywood. We have seen movies like Sadak, Earth, etc. that were hardcore A certified adult movies, of course with a plot that was hard hitting and reality reflecting, but if they can be lauded and appreciated then why treat comedies that get an A certification any different I strongly feel that there is an audience for everything.”

His co-star Aftab added, “I think the major problem here has to do with the usage of the term ‘sex comedy’ so openly, which is clearly a taboo. It should be rephrased as ‘adult comedy’. There are a lot of jokes in the movie that are beyond sex and not just about sex. If we say adult comedy, it encapsulates everything, not just sexual jokes.” Tusshar agreed and added, “Yes, the term throws people off. However, I feel we have to stop differentiating between films and stop calling them highbrow or lowbrow. A lot of actors say that they wouldn’t want their kids to watch this or that as they would be embarrassed. Whenever I have kids, I won’t force them to watch the films that I have done. But they should respect what I do and not cringe at my body of work. I am doing it for the audience.”

Most Bollywood sex comedies have been panned for their slapstick humour, tacky filming and weak plots, and criticised for their role in objectifying women and contributing to sexual harassment and violence in India. However, Tusshar shared, “This movie doesn’t objectifying women. In fact, Aftab and I are the ones who are objectified here. The purpose has never been to objectify a man or a woman. The idea was to make people laugh, with situations that were bizarre and outrageous,”

Also since Tusshar has been associated with several movies on the same line...Is he claiming that he is a “sex comic” by any chance Because that’s the debate that has been raging in the country since his upcoming movies (Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 and Mastizaade starring Sunny Leone) were announced. “I am an entertainer, that’s all I can say,” he asserted. “Sex comedies aren’t bad or vulgar or meant to corrupt your minds, they are entertaining movies. Both my upcoming movies are family entertainers. Children below 18 can’t view them because it’s meant only for the adult audience. If you are a family of adults, you can definitely go and check them out. The moral of the story is: don’t judge a book by its cover.”

Adding further about Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3, his co-star Aftab shared, “It’s actually a situational comedy under the umbrella of a porn com so it’s about people who accidentally get into the adult film industry and unfortunately they have to strike a balance with a traditional, not-so-modern thinking family and it becomes a circus after that.”

It was also reported earlier that since the movie contained a lot of spoofs, many noted filmmakers were miffed by the team. Aftab added that they had no intention of offending anyone from the film industry. “We have done all the spoofs in good faith and good humour. Every spoof that we have done on all the films, not just Rajshri’s Mr Sooraj Barjatya’s films, are light hearted and naughty. We are not trying to degrade those films. We are trying to flatter them by mimicking them. They (Barjatya, actors) are big stars, they are our friends, but we made sure we didn't offend anybody personally. We have been very conscious about the fact. It is like offending your own colleague,” Tusshar, on the other hand, added, “No one spoofs flop films — you only spoof films that are talked about and in Hollywood it’s been there for decades: Scary Movie, Hot Shots, Police Academy.”

Finally what about the critics Are they apprehensive that most sex comedies in India are not so critic-friendly and are they prepared to take it on Aftab said, “We are not expecting reviews for this film. Why should it even be reviewed Let people decide if they want to watch it.” And Tusshar concluded, “I think I won’t get upset with the reviews for this film. Aftab is right...there should be some films which should not reviewed at all. Not a bad idea! A film like this should be reviewed like other films in this genre, and not compared with any other kind of film.”