Ever since his comeback in Bollywood, Chunky Pandey seems to have become favourite with filmmaker Subhash Ghai. He got a major role in Apna Sapna Money Money (terrific), followed it up with Paying Guests (insignificant) and would now be seen again in Hello Darling. Though Javed Jaffrey is the man of the moment in this film about sexual harassment, Chunky has enjoyed his place under the sun as well. So much so that after the super success of Housefull (where Chunky played an unforgettable role of ‘Aakhri Pasta’), Ghai decided to increase his role by adding a few more scenes.
Says a source close to Chunky, “He is lying low as he wants audience to be surprised with what they see in the film. Especially after Housefull, he has made further impression as a comic character and since Hello Darling is a comedy, it was imperative that there is more of Chunky. However, he doesn’t want to make much noise because audience may start expecting another ‘Aakhri Pasta’ and he doesn’t want any comparisons here.”
In the film, Chunky plays a wannabe rockstar who is actually a good for nothing failed musician. He is a huge fan of Elvis Presley and tries to imitate him. Though he comes form Ulhasnagar, he believes that he has it in him to become huge in the world of international music.
Says Chunky, “Even in real life, I have always been a huge fan of Elvis. So it was an honour to be actually impersonating him. However, I am a very bad mimic though I am a good actor. So instead of just copying him to the T, I just picked up a few mannerisms and added my own stuff to it. I guess a character stands out only when you add your own touch. Mere copying doesn’t help.”
On his role being increased in the film, Chunky says, “Well, you should check out the film to know more about that. This is a small film about harassment at workplace and narrated in a comic way.”
Meanwhile, one does wonder about the route that he is looking at taking in his career post Housefull. Frankly, after Aankhen this was one film that saw maximum recognition coming for him as an actor.
“On the contrary, recognition and appreciation was the most ever in case of Housefull“, Chunky lights up here; “Aankhen didn’t get so much media attention because TV media wasn’t so strong then. When Aankhen became a blockbuster, we enjoyed our moments but that was again restricted to our own space. There were no massive events happening. Post my comeback, I did enjoy some great times with D Company and Apna Sapna Money Money. However, Housefull proved to be the biggest of all.”
Well, doesn’t look like Chunky would mind if Hello Darling manages to go half the distance.