Mumbai: Humshakals is Riteish Deshmukh’s fifth appearance in a Sajid Khan film, while for Tamannaah Bhatia, it is her second (after Himmatwala). The actors tell Joginder Tuteja a little bit about their experience working on this comic caper
This must be familiar territory for you.
It is a familiar zone, but the character is very different. I may have played many things but not a guy with the brain of a 10-year-old. I’m also required to play an effeminate character.
How does the storyline fit in amidst all the gags?
The plot holds everything together. The gags can be part of the screenplay, but there has to be some kind of thread. It is not just about heroes in a triple role but also the villain. There is a lot of confusion about love, life and business due to our names being the same as well.
What was the camaraderie like between you and Saif?
Saif is brave as an actor to have gone into a zone he isn’t usually seen in. He’s a brilliant actor — he can do drama, action and comedy with the same ease.
Was Himmatwala’s no-go disappointing for you as an actress?
I have done 30-odd films already and success and failure don’t shock me as I understand the situation changes pretty soon. As long as you have the opportunity to do good work, you will survive.
With three male leads, how do you contribute?
My role is definitely (important). I play a VJ, and had to bring a certain liveliness to my part. I thoroughly enjoyed (working on the film) since both the men — Saif and Sajid — bring in so much fun.