Horror-comedies are steadily gaining flavour with Bollywood viewers, after having entertained the audience both down South and on foreign shores for many years. While Go Goa Gone had started the ball rolling, it was Stree that really opened the gates, and recently, Roohi, tried cashing in on the wave. With horror-comedies gradually finding their mark with the Bollywood junta, the next ones to test the waters will be Bhediya, Phone Bhoot and Bhoot Police. Speaking about the latter, starring Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Yami Gautam and Jacqueline Fernandez, and directed by Pawan Kripalani of Ragini MMS and Phobia fame; Arjun recently caught up with us for an exclusive interview, and graciously divulged interesting details about the plot, his and Saif's characters, and how the movie fits between Go Goa Gone and Stree.
Opening about how the movie is more than a horror-comedy, Arjun Kapoor said, “Bhoot Police is a horror-comedy of course, in its essence and the way it's been pitched to y'all, but for me, it's an adventure of two brothers. It's Saif Ali Khan and Arjun Kapoor who are actually brothers and are bickering constantly and there's a back and forth and up and down and there is a camaraderie, a brotherhood, a bond, an emotion, but there's also difference of opinion. So, there's very interesting friction between two people who go on this journey.”
Now comes the more exciting bits as Arjun added, “It's an origin story of Bhoot Police, how Bhoot Police becomes. So, it's quite fascinating to go into this space and I think it's a very credible, commercial horror-comedy, in the sense that it's not itemised, it's more story and character driven, it's more driven by a particular situation they find themselves in and what happens around them rather then a situation with gags after gags; it's not deigned like that. It's a little more cerebral and it's still got its own goofiness, but you'll have fun watching it. It lands somewhere in the middle of Go Goa Gone and Stree, I feel.”
Watch his entire interview below:
Among his other projects, Arjun Kapoor's Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, costarring Parineeti Chopra and directed by the maverick Dibakar Banerjee, recently had its OTT release on Amazon Prime Video, and is said to be really finding its audience since then, which it missed out in the theatres due to the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing partial lockdown.
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