Riteish Deshmukh – I take Genelia along for all my script readings

How have you reacted to the criticism that Humshakals has got?
We have done well initially; and I hear the family audience and the children have liked the film so I hope it continues. But I guess there has been a lot of criticism in terms of reviews. The entire team, including I, respect each and every opinion. One acknowledges that it didn’t go down well with certain viewers.

Humshakals has spawned a series of jokes about the film. Are you able to take it in your stride?

Its fine, even Alok Nath sir’s jokes were out. It has become fashionable to do so; people try to outdo each other in being funny.

Ek Villain released just a week later. Do you think the films will eat into each other’s business?
No. Every time a film that releases has to deal with the market parameters. I am as excited about Ek Villain as I was about Humshakals.

What was it like to play a negative character?
This character is against my personality and because of that I couldn’t identify with it. But on the sixth day, I thought I was beginning to be like my Ek Villain character … which was scary and shook me because I never knew I was capable of doing such things.

Who was your inspiration while essaying the role of the villain?
Every villain’s inspiration is Gabbar or Mogambo. I have enjoyed Shah Rukh Khan in Darr more closely because he had an emotional touch attached to it. He had a story and even the villain I essay has a story. But I am not drawing a parallel or comparing our roles.

Do you find out who are going to be the other actors in a film before accepting it?
Of course. I have featured in many multistarrer films and worked with many good actors like Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan. I do my part with full imaandari.

Does your wife, actor Genilia influence you in your choice of scripts?
I take Genelia along for all my script readings but she never influences me. The decision is always mine.

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