Yami Gautam gears up for the release of her first comedy Bala, says she finds inspiration in Sridevi, Madhuri and Juhi to deliver comic roles
Yami Gautam who was last seen in a serious role in Uri, is now awaiting the release of her next film Bala which is a comedy. The actress who has proved her versatility with films like Kaabil, Badlapur, Batti Gul Meter Chaalu and others is starring in a comedy for the first time.
When Yami took up Bala, she was well-aware that the genre is both challenging and novel for her. Though she hadn't tried anything like this before, Yami who is a big fan of actresses Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla, was confident of her comic timing, just like her idols.
After Bala, Yami will be seen in two more comdey films - an untitled project with Diljit Dosanjh and Ginny Weds Sunny opposite Vikrant Massey. Yami says, "An actor cannot replicate someone's brand of humour or quick timing but they can internalise the larger approach by learning the nitty gritty of how they performed. Films like Sridevi's Chalbaaz and Juhi Chawla's Yes Boss or even something as simple as the comic bits of Madhuri Dixit's Hum Aapke Hai Koun! (HAHK) have been a big part of my childhood. There is a method to their acting, a certain twitch of the eye to convey a certain emotion or a raised eyebrow to convey something else. Comedy isn't always about laugh out loud jokes; sometimes humour can be expressed in such subtle hints. In the 90s, these actresses set the bar so high for us in terms of comedy."
Ask her about her favourites and Yami adds, "Almost all of them. I have been a movie buff since I was a kid. I remember re-enacting some scenes from HAHK as a child. They have been such solid examples for our entire generation of actors. On days I have time, I sit and rewatch all of my favourite films of these ladies. Hoping some of that magical work rubs off on me."