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I'm not business-minded as a producer: Comedian Kapil Sharma on Firangi


The actor-producer said he enjoys the 'storytelling, creativity, and entertainment' more than the business aspect of filmmaking.

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Comedian-turned-film producer Kapil Sharma, excited about his new movie Firangi, says he is not 'business-minded' as a producer and rather enjoys the creative part of filmmaking.

Sharma has produced Firangi and also acted in it. Asked if it is tough to dabble in acting and production simultaneously, he said: "I think I am not business-minded as a producer, which I was supposed to be, to make a film on a tight budget.

"For instance, in the film, which we shot in Punjab, we waited for winter to come so that we can capture the beauty of Punjab — how people look nice in a village wedding wearing shawls and how larger-than-life our big fat Punjabi wedding looks. In fact, we shot in real fog, at a beautiful location in Ropar, from where the Sutlej river passes.

"Focusing on this elaboration of beauty, what we didn't realize was that in winter, the day is shorter, and therefore the shooting schedule got extended. Therefore, the budget was also extended. So I realized that I am someone who enjoys storytelling, creativity and entertainment, but I am not so great with finance management."

The story of Firangi, set in 1920s Punjab, revolves around a dim-witted villager named Manga who goes through a tough time in society for being a servant of the British government at a time when Indians were fighting for freedom.

After the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919, the 1920s were a sensitive time in India. Was that the trigger for him to take up the subject?

Kapil said: "There are two factors in the film that interested me to take it up. Firstly, this film is not just talking about the trouble that a young man of 1920s era in that time of the society is going through. It also shows the British government in a positive light. In most of the films, we have seen the battle between the ruthless British people versus victim Indians. This film has a balanced view."

"Indians who served the British were no less patriotic. They had to be true to the ruling government because they were serving them and they were paid to serve. Without being preachy, in a lighter vein, our film addresses all these points," the actor said.

Sharma has won the audience's heart with his humour, but he admits he is in the process constantly of changing his image.

"Back in Amritsar, I used to act in various serious and intense dramas and sing at various ceremonies," he said. "I never had an image of a comedian then. So, when I went for [the television show] The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, people asked me how I would manage comedy, being a serious actor. Now people ask me just the opposite — how will I break the image of a comedian? The fact is, everything is just one show or one film away... I am an entertainer, so I should be comfortable playing all the emotions."

Directed by Rajiev Dhingra, Firangi is set to be released on 24 November.