Aftab talks to gomolo.in about his new chatpata comedy movie, Aloo Chaat and shooting in Delhi
Well, I have started to like it a lot. Few years before, I used to have chaat but was not really aware of Aloo Chaat that much. But, yes after the film (Aloo Chaat) it′s all over me and now it′s going to my ears. Aloo is something that goes with everything. I have been a fan of chaat and during the shooting I got to eat a lot of Aloo Chaat. Now I like it a lot because I am associated with the film. Apart from this there is so much Aloo Chaat happening in my life that I have almost become a Aloo Chaat vendor.
A major portion of the film was shot in Delhi, now being a resident of Mumbai if you were to compare both the cities, what will you say?
Oh yes! Both the cities are like north and south completely. Well, but people′s taste buds are pretty similar because Indians generally love spices. So it′s just that Delhi has some sort of specialty in terms of chaat and Mumbai has some specialty of its own otherwise the palate is more or less the same. People love their spices.
How was the whole experience of shooting in Delhi?
It was very fascinating. It was very difficult but fascinating at the same time because people out there love their stars and their films. They don′t really get to see them every day. All the outdoor portion of the film was shot on the roads of Delhi and automatically you get loads of people gathering and watching the shooting. Sometimes we just were unable to control the crowd but otherwise it was all very fascinating because one does not get to shoot on streets everyday of your life. To actually shoot in a place in a natural background among people is a very difficult task.
Tell us a bit about your character in the film?
My character is about a guy who has just come back from the US and who wants to get married. He comes back to his typical conservative middle class Punjabi family who wants to get him married of in a certain way and he obviously has an agenda that he wants to fulfill and is in love with a girl from the US. Of course his family wants to get him married in a typical traditional Punjabi style to a Punjabi girl. It′s a cute story where he tries to convince them as to what kind of girl he wants to get married to.
I guess you have developed a taste for comedy?
I personally love comedies but at the same time I don′t only love comedies. I love films of all genres. I love thrillers and intense film dramas. Comedy is something, which I find myself very comfortable in but I don′t like to limit myself only to comedy films.
The music of the film has slowly caught up.
I love the music of the film and apart from this I have also been instrumental in helping out with the music of the film. RDB are very good friends of mine and they have done a fabulous job by composing the music of the film. I am totally happy with what they have done for the film. I am glad that the music is catching up and people are liking it. The music has got variety and it′s got everything - it has a mass number, hip-hop number, traditional number and even a Gidda. It has romantic stuff and it has all sorts of music happening.
Judging by the promos of the film the term Chakkar kya hai keeps coming at regular interval, what′s the mystery behind it?
Chakkar yeh hai ki, this boy wants to get married and obviously is in love with someone else and thus the whole family wants to know from him that what′s the Chakkar and that′s why Chakkar kya hai.
You were also linked up with the actress of the film, Aamna. Is there any affair ensuing between you two?
Well I treat this up as a link up. Aamna is wise enough now and even though it′s her debut film, I am sure that she is wise enough to realize it because this is not really a publicity gimmick that any of us would like to resort to. We are firm believers of the film and the content of the film. We don′t really need stuff like this. What happens essentially is that when the chemistry is really good between two people then people start talking about it, I mean you name anyone from the industry who has not been linked up so it′s nothing that′s news to me. I have been there before so I take it with a pinch of salt and just bypass it. I am sure.
Why is the film called Aloo Chaat?
That′s only because the film has ample dose of funny chatpata masala. Aloo Chaat defines the mood of the film and it′s also a sort of metaphor of the film. It encapsulates the whole idea of the film and that′s why it′s called as Aloo Chaat. The film has dollops of humour with chaotic comedy of errors.
Aftab, in a span of few months many films were released which had Delhi as the backdrop, Aloo Chaat has a similar backdrop, was it a conscious effort?
I think it′s purely by chance that three four films based on Delhi came together. Delhi is a great place it′s huge and awesome and offers many locations to be tapped.
Lastly tell us a bit about the comedy element of the film?
Our film is a realistic comedy and there is no forced humour in the film. No one is trying to be funny in the film. The characters keep finding themselves in humorous situations. The audiences find those situations very funny but the same is not true for the characters - and that′s for me is the ultimate comedy. It′s a different comedy from normal comedy films.
Thanks a lot.