August will bring slaps, slurpy kisses for Ranvir Shorey

Mumbai, July 18 (IANS) It will be a double whammy for Ranvir Shorey Aug 1 when two of his films hit the screen. While in “Ugly Aur Pagli”, Mallika Sherawat slaps him endlessly, in “Good Luck” the actor runs around smooching the whole world.

“‘Good Luck’ is a film about lucky kisses. So yes, there’re lots of kisses. How many? You think I was counting? I really don’t think the kisses are a big deal. The kisses are a device to pass on the good luck from one character to another. Hope the good luck passes on to the film as well!” Ranvir told IANS.

“Honestly, I just have a cameo in the film. The producer came to me with a part he thought only I could play. It’s the role of a gigolo,” added Ranvir, who has earlier played a male streetwalker in Madhur Bhandarkar’s “Traffic Signal”.

Ranvir plays the lead in “Ugli Aur Pagli”. “It isn’t the first time I’m playing the lead. I’ve done it twice before. It is a very quirky comedy. Mallika plays a bit of a bully. She slaps me around. I don’t mind being slapped by her as long as the film works,” said Ranvir.

The actor confesses that he cannot carry a film on his shoulder. “I don’t resent the fact that Mallika is grabbing all the attention. She is a bigger star. I’m quite happy letting her be in the limelight. Very frankly, no film can sell on my strengths, whatever they may be,” said the actor who will also be seen in one of the segments of “Mumbai Cutting”.

Ranvir is happy with the way his career has shaped up. “I’m quite happy with the volume of work I’m doing. And if I’ve two releases in two weeks it’s just a matter of chance. I’m still finishing one movie at a time.

“Actually, I’ve three releases in August. I have ‘Singh Is Kinng’. I play Katrina’s boyfriend. And I’m one of the non-Sardars. I’m the guy Akshay steals Katrina from. I’m quite happy with my career right now. I’m booked for the next one year. Personally too, my life couldn’t be better.”

Talking about “I Am 24”, he said: “It has Rajat Kapoor in the lead and is directed by Saurabh Shukla. I play Rajat’s bullshitting best friend. I don’t mind doing supporting roles. Often they’re more interesting than the lead. So why should I let them go?”

— By Subhash K. Jha


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