"I will stick to making comedies"
By Juhi Chakraborty Abhishek Sharma tickled everyone's funny bone with his humorous take on Osama Bin Laden in his debut laugh riot "Tere Bin Laden" in 2010 and the director says he will continue making comedies.
The film was a comic satire on America's war on terror and the realities of the post-9/11 world and loved by all. Sharma says he is not going to make serious films anytime.
"I am inherently a comedian. I am happy making comedies as they are the purest form of entertainment. It enables you to see the audience reaction immediately and not wait for a review. There is a connection with the audience and that is not possible to achieve if I make a film of a different genre," Sharma told PTI.
"Only something major can take me away from comedy films. Humour is part of my writing. Even when I am writing anything serious, there has to be a touch of humour in it," he added. The film was a surprise hit and collected Rs 8.25 crore at the end of its theatrical run.
"I personally was surprised with the collection. The market then was not so good for small budget films with no big names. But 2010 was a major turning point with 'Peepli Live', 'Love Sex aur Dhokha' and 'Udaan'. That year distributors got confidence in our kind of cinema. Most of the big films bombed badly at the Box office. But I never expected such a major success for 'Tere Bin Laden'," he said.
Sharma, who is just one film old says he wants to stay away from mainstream cinema. "I don't believe in mainstream cinema. It is either good cinema or bad cinema. I don't want to make films that are not entertaining and which do not have any view point. I don't believe in making eaningless cinema," he said.
Sharma is currently casting for his next film, which is also a mad cap comedy, and has already signed on actor Pradhuman Singh, who played a caricature of Osama in "Tere Bin Laden".
"Pradhuman and I have signed this virtual contract of working together. He is going to be there in all my films. We have been together for a long time now. He has also assisted me in my short films, done theatre together. We are comfortable with each other and I see no reason to break that. He is like my guinea pig. I experiment a lot with him." The film will go on floors in December and is expected to release next year.
Asked if it is difficult to convince producers to put their money on a star-less, small film, he said, "It is neither difficult nor easy. You just have to have faith in yourself and your work, if you are convinced about your story and concept, you can convince anyone." PTI