Paresh Rawal Says No To Comedy
After delivering rib-tickling performances in comic capers like ‘Hera Pheri’ and ‘Golmaal’, Paresh Rawal has bid goodbye to comedy. He says, “One often ends up doing films for friends or because one needs to work within the given limitations. But enough is enough now.”
‘Rann’ and ‘Road To Sangam’, two of his recent releases seem to make his point very clear as both movies having absolutely no tinge of comedy.
Paresh who was having a great run with comedy for almost two decades now was quite tired of it and was more than happy when RGV walked up to him with the script of ‘Rann’.He said, “When 'Rann' was offered to me, I wondered what it would be like to return to a negative role after so long. But it's a fantastic role of a wily politician who manipulates the media to his own advantage. I just couldn't resist it. I've worked with Ramu in Telugu cinema and in 'Satya'. But it's good to return to another genre and to Ramu after so long.”
Paresh’s character in ‘Road to Sangam’ is a real-life character, quite a contrast to his character in ‘Rann’.He commented on his role in the movie saying, “In 'Road To Sangam', I am Hasmatullah, the real-life motor mechanic in Allahabad who was entrusted with the responsibility of repairing the car which was once used to carry the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi to the Ganga. This incident really happened. And Hasmatullah really exists, though the latter part of the story where Muslim organisations protest against one of their ilk helping a Hindu cause, is made up.”
Paresh says he is fearless about the audience seeing him in two contrasting roles on the same day. He said, “In one I am a dark and evil politician. In the other I'm completely driven by the sense of nobility. It's a wonderful contrast. And most importantly these are not comic parts. I'm enjoying the challenge of moving into different moral zones. I'm sure the audience will enjoy it too.”