Prescribing laughter doses

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Prescribing laughter doses

 Tiku Talsania

His expressions make the audience roar with laughter and his perfect comic timing make him one of the best comedians in the country. In the 80s and 90s, most of the serials and movies weren’t complete without Tiku Talsania’s dose of comedy. The actor has given tremendous performances in serials like Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, Maal Hai To Taal Hai and more recently, Paani Puri. Not to mention movies like Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahi, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na and Devdas. The veteran actor is back in SAB TV’s Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo, which starts from December 14.

“I play the role of a millionaire, who comes to India to get his niece married,” says Tiku about Sajan Re... “He comes across a boy, who he thinks is perfect for her.” Tiku calls the cast of the show as “one happy family”. “We gel very well with each other. I just hope the audience loves the show too.”

Does Tiku feel comedy is the most difficult emotion to portray, as commonly perceived? “Yes it is,” he agrees. “It’s easy to make people cry and Indians are quite sentimental anyway. But it’s really tough to make people laugh.” Recalling his experiences of shooting in the earlier decades, he says, “We used to shoot one episode of Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi for five days, but now, we shoot one episode in one day.”

He has many favourite actors like Sir Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Madhubala. He has even worked with current superstars like Aamir and SRK. Who has been the best to work with? “All of them have been good to me,” he says modestly.

Amongst all his works, he considers Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahi, Pyar To Hona Hi Tha and Devdas as his favourites. “I would love to do more Chaplinistic work, the kind of comedy done by Charlie Chaplin.”

Apart from Sajan Re.., Tiku is doing a serial called Andha Kanoon. He is also working on the television version of Adventures In Odyssey, a USA-based radio programme. On the movie front, he has a horror film directed by Ramsay brothers and Hook Ya Crook starring John Abraham and Genelia D’Souza.

“I play Genelia’s father, who doesn’t like John and keeps cursing him.” He may even take up direction in future. “I may be directing my dream project but it’s all under wraps for now,” is all he reveals.

Ask him about the best compliment he has ever received in 25 years of his career and he says, “Once a gentlemen, who was suffering from a heart attack told me that if I come everyday to visit him, I will increase five years of his life. There is nothing better than improving someone’s life like that.” As he signs off, he just has one advice for all. “Live life to the fullest.”

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