Comedian-turned-film producer Kapil Sharma whose upcoming film Firangi is nearing its release, claims that he is not a business minded producer and that he loves to be creatively involved in the filmmaking.
Being the producer and the actor of the film Firangi, Kapil was asked about the challenges of balancing both acting and producing, to which he replied to IANS, “I think I am not business-minded as a producer, which I was supposed to be, to make a film in a tight budget. For instance, in the film, which we shot in Punjab, we waited for the real winter to come so that we can capture the beauty of Punjab in winter — how people look nice in a village wedding wearing shawls and how larger than life our big fat Punjabi wedding looks like. In fact, we shot in real fog, at a beautiful location in Ropar, from where Satluj river passes.”
He added, “Focusing on this elaboration of beauty, what we didn’t realize that in winter, the day is shorter, and therefore the shooting schedule got extended than usual. Therefore, the budget also extended. So I realized that I am someone who enjoys storytelling, creativity and entertainment, but I am not so great with finance management.”
Talking about the concept of Firangi and his decision to make film based on the same, he said, “See, there are two factors in the film that interested me to take it up. Firstly, this film is not just talking about the trouble that a young man of 1920s’ era in that time of the society is going through. It also shows British Government in a positive light. In most of the films, we have seen the battle between the ruthless British people versus victim Indians. This film has a balanced view. Indians who served the British were no less patriot. They had to be true to the ruling government because they were serving them and they were paid to serve. Without being preachy, in a lighter vein, our film addresses all these points.”
Adding further, the actor mentioned that he likes to evolve and change his image frequently.
Kapil said, “Back in Amritsar, I used to act in various serious and intense dramas and used to sing at various ceremonies. I never had an image of a comedian then. So, when I went for ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’, people asked me how I will manage comedy, being a serious actor. Now people ask me just the opposite — How will I break the image of a comedian? The fact is everything is just one show or one film away… I am an entertainer, so I should be comfortable playing all the emotions.”
Helmed by Rajeev Dhingra, Firangi is slated to release on December 1.