On The Front Row with Anupama Chopra this week, she caught up with three filmmakers known for their comedy films – Rohan Sippy, Rajkumar Hirani and David Dhawan – where they discussed the evolution of comedy in Bollywood. She asked the trio whether they think the bar has been lowered when it comes to comedy in Bollywood these days. Incase you missed the show, catch the excerpt here – and be sure to tune in for the repeat telecast!
Anupama Chopra: I remember a film Anees Bazmee had made called No Problem, in which the climax was hinged on a gorilla farting at a certain point. Do you think the bar has been lowered when it comes to comedy in Bollywood?
Rohan Sippy: But Hangover 2 is also a similar oeuvre and that’s one of the highest grossing comedies ever. So, I think if it’s not your taste then you know when you are buying a ticket.
Rajkumar Hirani: And kids enjoy it. They enjoy slapstick. They would love the potty jokes. You don’t see any violence in it and you know people are not going to die. People might fall from the 12th floor but nothing is going to happen to them.
Watch “The Front Row with Anupama Chopra” today at 12:00 pm on Star World for reviews of Himmatwala and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the full conversation with directors Rajkumar Hirani, David Dhawan and Rohan Sippy on the evolution of comedy in Bollywood and highlights from the Jameson Empire Awards. For more details on the show, log on to their website: www.thefrontrow.