'Even if something terrible happens, I find the funny side to it'

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Actor Shenaz Treasury, best known for her roles in Ishq Vishk (2003) and Delhi Belly (2011), has been happy working in the West for some time now. And gearing up for her next film, Kaalakaandi, which releases on January 12, she says that she has always enjoyed comedy as a genre. Comedy is one of my strengths. I believe in accepting whatever life offers with a laugh. So if things are dark and terrible, I try to find the funny side to it. Probably that’s why I gravitate towards comedy,” says actor, who is seen in an American comedy-drama series called Brown Nation.

Other than black comedies, Shenaz’s interest lies in biopics, too. I’d love to play the role of Arunima Sinha [the first Indian female amputee to climb Mt Everest], Arati Saha [the first Indian woman to cross the English Channel] or Kalpana Chawla [the first woman of Indian origin in space] on silver screen. These women overcame obstacles to accomplish feats,” says The Big Sick actor.

For Kaalakaandi, Shenaz is collaborating with the Delhi Belly team — writer Akshat Verma who turns director with this film and co-stars Kunal Roy Kapoor and Vijay Raaz, among others. Asked if that made the whole shooting experience more comfortable, Shenaz says, “It was lovely to work with them again. When you meet people you’ve previously worked with, it’s definitely comfortable. rking on a film is different from working in an office. You spend 16 hour days together; you share stories and become really close. But, when you finish shooting, you don’t see each other again (laughs).

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Movie reviews: Mubarakan

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Bazmee’s latest Mubarakan follows a similar trajectory, with a double-role angle. Separated in childhood, twins, Karan and Charan (both played by Arjun Kapoor) are expected to marry as per their guardians’ wishes, but they are already in love with Sweety (Ileana D’Cruz) and Nafisa (Neha Sharma). here.

Mubarakan is a comedy that revolves around two weddings and a whole lot of confusion. Before the lovebirds can have their nuptials solemnized in a gurudwara, they have to fly though two-and-a-half hours of turmoil caused by familial pressures and mistaken amorous liaisons. here.

Mubarakan is the sort of ensemble comedy that will worryingly remind viewers of Sajid Khan's movies because of its tropes such as the foreign setting, a double role, mixed identities and misunderstandings leading to chaos and confusion and OTT acting (Pavan Raj Malhotra takes the honour here). here.


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Movie reviews: Fukrey Returns

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In the original, there was at least an attempt at creating a somewhat realistic Dilli 'clony', with its local louts and lover-boys making eyes at neighbourhood hearthrobs: full of cramped houses, and guys going by the name of Choocha (Sharma) and Hunny, not, please note, Honey (Samrat), Lalli (Singh) and Zafar (Fazal), who speak the street lingo with conviction, and who try pulling off small cons while waiting for something better. here.

Blame it on the success of the original, or the four-year-gap between the two films, Fukrey Returns isn’t even a patch on the original. Not that Fukrey was the greatest comedy ever made, but it was fresh. The audience enjoyed shy Lali’s (Manjot Singh) crush on his teacher, and even two school bumpkins’ ambitions of attending college. here.

Fukrey Returns starts off with a zingy opening-credits number that provides a brief recap of the story so far. Fair enough but not good enough. The film's frequent throwbacks to the past is bound to throw off those that haven't seen - or remember - Fukrey. The screenplay proceeds on the assumption that the audience, down to the last member, is familiar with all the characters and their back stories. here.

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