In his new film Daddy Cool, Suniel Shetty had to deliver a long speech in memory of his dead character’s father.
Suniel for the first time dug into his own emotions and thought of his own father. “It was a rousing moment for me. I forgot I was acting a part. I became my own father’s son while speaking of my character’s father.”
Though Daddy Cool is an official remake of Frank Oz’s 2007 comedy Death At A Funeral, Suniel Shetty who plays the role of the elder son at his father’s funeral (played by Matthew MacFeyden in the original) says the emotions have been completely changed in the desi remake.
“Funerals are no laughing matter in our culture. So while remaking the original film we had to keep in mind the local sentiments. Ours is far more emotional far less farcical comedy than Death At A Funeral. In plot and characters, Daddy Cool is exactly like Death At A Funeral, including my character’s speech for his father at the end which is what prompted me to accept the role,” says Suniel, proud to be part of one of Bollywood’s first official remakes of a British film.
All the characters in Daddy Cool are the same as in Death At A Funeral except Javed Jaffrey’s. “That’s right,” says Suniel. “And Sharad Saxena plays the dead dad. He’s a wonderful corpse.”
Others who have played a corpse include Satish Shah in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron and Anupam Kher in Rahul Rawail’s risquÃ© and raunchy Buddha Mar Gaya which was uncannily like Death At A Funeral although both came out at the same time.
Says Suniel, “Daddy Cool is not the least risquÃ© or vulgar. We’ve kept it clean.”
So proud are producers Indra Kumar and Ashok Thakeria of their remake that they intend to show Daddy Cool to the makers of Death At A Funeral.
“There’s nothing underhand or unfair in this adaptation. We’ve gone by all the rules. The producers have paid a huge amount of money to get the remake rights. And then Reliance Big Pictures bought the rights for Boney M’s song ‘Daddy Cool‘. You could say Daddy Cool is the face of the new corporotized Bollywood. We can’t have sneaky stolen films any more. Everything has to be on paper,” says Suniel.
Suniel had a ball shooting for Daddy Cool. “It was like one big picnic, just like Priyadarshan’s De Dana Dan. All of us never knew when the film started and ended.”