'Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal' title misleading: Paresh Rawal
Actor Paresh Rawal says that the title of his upcoming film "Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal" is misleading because the film is not a sequel of 2006 movie "Malamaal Weekly".
"The title is giving this distinct feeling that it is a sequel of 'Malamaal Weekly', which it is not. Somehow I feel that it is misleading. Why did they have to keep the word Malamaal? They should have kept 'Kamaal Dhamaal' or 'Kamaal Dhamaal Kamaal'," Paresh said.
"Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal" and Paresh's production debut "Oh My God" are releasing today.
The 62-year-old said he wanted to avoid the clash at the box office and had also asked the producers of "Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal" to shift the dates but it did not work out.
"I had personally asked the producers of 'Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal' to shift their date of release. I asked them twice and but they would not budge. So I did not pursue the matter any further. Priyadarshan (director) had no issues with the date change, he is not the producer, but the man who has put in the money had to understand," Paresh told PTI.
Besides Paresh, "Oh My God" has been jointly produced by Akshay Kumar and Ashvini Yardi's home production Grazing Goat Pictures.
The film is based on Umesh Shukla's Gujarati play 'Kanji Viruddh Kanji', who has directed the film as well.
"Akshay had heard about it and he came and saw the play and it was then that we decided to make it. We thought what better subject than this to be our first production. Akshay is a producer and besides he is a very nice guy to be with," Paresh said.
The film is about an atheist who incurs huge loses when his antique shop is destroyed by an earthquake. Paresh plays the role of the atheist while Akshay portrays Lord Krishna.
"Akshay has a full length role in the film contrary to reports. My character is a non-believer, not in God but the stupid ways to worship God. He is against how things are turned upside down for monetary profits and how the concept of religion has been commercialised.
"He is more Hindu than a Hindu as he cares for the religion. But since his thoughts clash with the common man, he is treated like pariah and isolated from the society," he said.
Paresh, who has entertained the audiences with his comic performances in films like "Hera Pheri", "Hungama", "Hulchul", "Golmaal", "Welcome", said that doing a comedy film is far more difficult than what appears on screen.
"Comedy is very difficult. You not only need a good script but also a great co-actor, because if he does not react well and does not have great timing, then the comedy falls flat," he said.
Asked why he continues to stick to comic films, Paresh said, "This is how our industry works, 'Dabangg' was successful and so they made 'Singham', 'Rowdy Rathore'. This is how it functions. As an actor I am hungry for good roles.
"The audience had been very kind to me. They know that I have tried different roles in my films and that I have not caged myself. Comedy films have been hugely successful and that is the reason I keep doing it," he added. PTI