Few comedies are worth watching now: Suniel Shetty

Aug 27, 2009 Ruchika Kher

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) He loves doing comedies and has in the past made audiences laugh in movies like "Hera Pheri", but Suniel Shetty says he is unhappy with the quality of humour in films nowadays.

"There are very few good comedy films. They are mostly crap in the name of comedies. Even though so many are coming out each day, only a limited few are worth watching," Suniel told IANS in an interview.

"I truly believe...I'm not being arrogant...but I believe that my film 'Daddy Cool' is a very nice comedy and will be appreciated," he added.

Suniel was in the capital for the promotion of "Daddy Cool", a co-production of Big Pictures and Maruti Pictures. Slated for release Aug 28, the fun flick that revolves around a funeral also stars Aftab Shivdasani, Javed Jaffrey, Aarti Chhabria, Prem Chopra and Chunky Pandey among others.

Throwing light on his role, the 48-year-old said: "I play Steven in the film...he is the older son. He is someone who truly loved his father and hence with his death, his world comes to an end. Whatever happens in that funeral and how he handles the situation is basically what the film is about."

"Daddy Cool" is loosely based on the 2007 British comedy "Death At A Funeral" directed by Frank OZ and Suniel says he gave his nod because of that reason.

"The script really excited me and also the team behind it. Another reason was that I have seen 'Death At A Funeral' and I simply love the film. I was dying to do a role like this. So when I was offered this role, it took me less than a minute to say yes," the actor explained.

Suniel made his acting debut with action movie "Balwaan" in 1992 and was later seen in high-paced action thrillers like the 1994 hit "Mohra". After that he came to be known as the action star and did films like "Dilwale", "Border", "Prithvi", "Kaante" and "Main Hoon Na" among others.

But he also tickled the funny bones of viewers with comedies such as "Hera Pheri", "Awara Paagal Deewana" and "Phir Hera Pheri".

The actor says he hasn't completely shown his back to the action genre and two of his hardcore action films will go on floors next year. But he adds that comedy is something that he loves to do because its not physically taxing.

"I love doing comedies. It is not taxing on the body at all. Of course it's tough as a performer, a lot of homework, but then physically it is not very burdensome. When you are doing action, you are breaking some or the other bone, scratching some part of your body or the other. So comedies are far more relaxed," he said.

After "Daddy Cool", Suniel will be seen in a bouquet of films like "De Dana Dan", "Loot", "Red Alert" and "Tum Milo Toh Sahi".

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