Actor Tusshar Kapoor tells us about his latest movie, Maarich
The last time we saw actor Tusshar Kapoor on the big screen was in the song Aankh Marey in the Ranveer Singh-starrer Simmba. The star, known for his comic timings in movies like Kya Kool Hai Hum and more famously the Golmaal franchise, is all set to act in a murder-mystery film, Maarich, after successfully debuting in the web platform with a horror-comedy series Booo Sabki Phategi, that has been released on ALTBalaji.
The low-profile actor meekly admits that not only is this a web launch, but also the first-ever web series that he is going to watch. “The web has picked up a lot in the last year and I have not watched any of the web series till now since I love to go to the theatres and watch movies. But with Booo... I will start watching them and I am sure it will be fun,” he says, sounding all excited about the new series, which is directed by Farhad Samji and is about a group of friends who spend a few nights at a haunted resort. Incidentally, he is also co-producing a horror-comedy film, Laxmmi Bomb, starring Akshay Kumar, that will be released in June next year.
Given the kind of creative explosion taking place in Bollywood currently, Tusshar too is ready to expand his boundaries further as an actor with a dark thriller, Maarich, directed by newcomer Dhruv, which will go on floors next month. “It’s a gripping contemporary murder-mystery and I am playing the lead. The name Maarich (the golden deer in Ramayana) is symbolic with deep-rooted meaning, which the audience will realise once they see the film,” he adds.
In nearly two decades of his career, Tusshar is mostly recalled for the comedy films that he has been associated with. Does that factoid irk him? “Not really,” he replies, adding, “Since I have also been lucky enough to do different films like Gayab, C Kkompany, Khaki and Dirty Picture, at a time when actors were not very experimental with roles. Definitely, right now there are more opportunities in terms of good work and people are not shying away from experimenting and taking Bollywood cinema to a global level.”
Besides donning the role of an actor-producer, Tusshar — who is the first Bollywood star to have a surrogate baby— is also a doting and hands-on dad to three-year-old Laksshya. “He is very active and independent and doesn’t want me around for long since I am a bit strict,” laughs the 42-year-old actor, who religiously takes the kid out for daily strolls in the neighbourhood park.
Fitness and fashion
I follow a proper nutritive and high-protein diet and go to a functional fitness gym. I binge on sandwiches with multigrain bread. I have a street style of fashion since comfort is the key in Indian weather. I am a light dresser and I prefer sustainable and green fashion. Yellow is my eternally favourite colour.