Chunky Pandey is finally saying ‘enough is enough’. Tired of being seen in comedies while waiting for a ‘different’ kind of a role coming his way, the man who has been a part of the industry for more than 20 years has taken a resolve that he would be applying breaks when it comes to working in comedy films. While he is happy working with Priyadarshan in De Dana Dan and Sajid Khan in Housefull, Chunky states that these (along with some of his yet-to-be-released films) would be the last of the films where he would be seen in a comic outing. Well, at least for the time being!
“Honestly speaking, I am looking at a complete image changeover”, declares Chunky who has worked in films across genres, whether it is action, comedy or a family social, but has always been known most for his comic timing.
“Par yeh kab tak chalega“, questions Chunky, “If I don’t start experimenting at this stage of my career, then when would I? With such experience behind me, I see myself coming back in a different avatar. So many people out there are making serious films or to put it differently, films that are not necessarily comedies. I am capable of pulling off any kind of role. At the end of the day, it’s the matter of them having faith in me because I certainly have faith in quite some a few filmmakers who are doing interesting stuff.”
So has he approached any filmmakers and suggested them to begin work on a film with him? “Yes, I have approached some of the filmmakers that I really respect and have asked them to cast me. My only request? No comedies please”, informs Chunky, “What I want to work now is an Abbas-Mustan kind of thriller that has a lot of drama and thrills. A kind of film where a character gets an opportunity to change as a chameleon.”
He also has great things to say about Vishal Bhardwaj whose Kaminey is soon to be released. “I am also keen to work with Vishal Bhardwaj; his cinema is so different, so unique and gritty. These are some of the people who are so capable of making each and every character in their films stand out. I am fascinated by their cinema”, appreciates Chunky.
Some of the upcoming films (all of them being comedies) of Chunky are Paying Guests, Shortkut – The Con Is On, Khallballi – Fun Unlimited, Hello Darling and Daddy Cool, all of which are expected to release later this year.