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Vicky Kaushal happy to finally do a typical Bollywood ‘naach-gaana’ song Govinda Naam Mera. The actor, who is known for his intense roles, has delivered an unusual masala entertainer for the first time in his career. The actor has done a number of films where his sincere acting and serious choice of stories and characters have won the hearts of both audiences and critics.

In this interview with indianexpress.com, Vicky talks about how she landed Govinda Naam Mera, a film she calls a “fun fiction” and showcases her love for dance. The actor also gives his two cents on how the box office game has changed since the Covid-19 pandemic and why he thinks it’s easy to tell if a film will do better at the box office.

Vicki calls Govinda Naam Mera a fun creation, a film that she wants the audience to not take seriously and just laugh after all the pain and loss everyone has gone through during the pandemic. He says. “I am so grateful to have entered this fiction because I still remember Shashank talking about the film for the first time, it was before the second phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. He said we live in such scary times where people are so scared and everything you watch (on OTT) is also so crude and serious, let’s make people laugh, let’s try and give them a good time. First of all, I was sold on that idea.

Vicky himself wanted to take a break from the serious cinema he was engaged in until last year. “Also, I was coming out of some serious movie with Uri. The surgical strike, Bhutt and Sardar Udham. As an actor, even I was hungry to explore that side and have fun on set. I play the role of a proper loser in life, his wife beats him, he has a girlfriend. her mother or even her baai don’t care about her. He has a best friend and you think aisaa best friend kisiko na mile, dushman ho usse acchha. There’s a don, there’s a hip-hopper, there’s a lawyer, sautela bhai, sautela maa, there’s all kinds of mayhem going on at the same time, and there’s a murder mystery, all delivered with humor. above it. We just want viewers to have a good time and not take us seriously,” says Vicky.

Most of Vicky’s recent releases have been on streaming platforms, including Govinda Naam Mera. Asked if he accepts that Bollywood is under stress at the box office and what this phase means, Vicky says that the audience has made it clear that they want to see only good films in theatres, irrespective of the genre. or who is the star. or the language.

“I think good films work. People have actually made it very clear. If you see the graph, they have made it so clear that if a film resonates with them, regardless of language, genre or scale, they will give it a lot of love. The audience has made that humain picture very clear acchhi lagni chaahiye. You see Bhool Bhulaiya (2), KGF (2) or RRR, Drishyam (2), none of them fall in the same box, they are not the same language, genre, scale, they don’t even have. same marketing plan. Even three years ago it was directly comparable, app jitni marketing karoge, utni aapki film chalegi, but it is no longer the case. Today, if people like a movie, they just pick it up.”

“So I think we’re living in a time where they’re telling us, plain and simple, if you want a pic, we’re going to give it all our love,” Vicky points out.

Although Vicky has only had one film release this year, she is quite looking forward to 2023 as she has four films lined up. “I’m very excited because I’ve been doing films all through Covid, there were three or four films, the first one is Govinda, then there’s one with Lakshmaine Utekar, sir with me and Sara, then there’s one with YRF, another one with Dharma directed by Anand Tiwari and then Sam Bahadur which I am doing right now, all these films are releasing on the 23rd. are going to answer these characters.’

2023 will be another defining factor in Vicky’s pursuit, as will 2018, when the actor was rediscovered. He says. “The last time I had a year like this was in 2018 when I had Love Per Square Foot, Raazi, Sanju, Lust Stories and Manmarziyaan all coming in the same year. I get really excited when more movies come out because you’re doing back-to-back movies and playing different characters, so the idea that one day people will see this and I’ll pass their test. like it or not it’s a very exciting thing.”

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