Hungama 2 director Priyadarshan is “not at all funny in life” but knows the formula for making successful comedies


Talk about our absolute favorite comedy movies over the past two decades, and most of them have filmmaker Priyadarshan behind the camera. Hera Pheri, Hulchul, Bhagam Bhag, Malamaal Weekly, De Dana Dan or Bhool Bhulaiyaa, his films are the comfort watch for a large percentage of the Hindi speaking public.

So what’s the formula for a successful Bollywood comedy? Priyadarshan, who is back in directing a Bollywood project after an eight-year hiatus with Hungama 2, has commented on the same.

Choosing the most important elements needed in a comedy film, Priyadarshan told, “A good situation is mainly necessary. Then, the performance and timing of the actors. Also make sure that each scene becomes the next. Finally, mix in the humor, including burlesque, jokes, and story without it sounding weird. So, you have to mix everything in the right proposition, just like a very good cook makes a broth.


hungama paresh rawal rimi sen akshaye khanna ftab shivdasani shoma anand Hungama (2003) starred Rimi Sen, Akshaye Khanna, Aftab Shivdasani, Paresh Rawal, and Shoma Anand.

Priyadarshan’s filmography also boasts of films across genres and languages, but it’s his comedies that every moviegoer likes to revisit anytime.

We request Priyadarshan if he’s a funny man in real life to understand the nuances needed to make audiences laugh, and he says, “I’m not funny at all. I am always supposed to be very serious. I write it, execute it, but at the same time, I’m not a humorous person. Every time I read a script my colleagues in Kerala tell me ‘please give us the paper and don’t tell us about it because you would have written it in a much better way than the way you tell it ”. But I am someone who enjoys being in a very lively and humorous company, because I learn a lot of things there. I have a certain circle of friends which is incredibly hilarious.

Claiming that there is a lighter side to his personality that comes through in his films, Priyadarshan added, “My father was a university librarian. He bought me a lot of comics during my childhood. Those days, and even today, if you want my opinion, my favorite is watching Tom and Jerry. I have a huge collection of them.


Hungama 2 is the second installment of his previous film, Hungama (2003), and stars Shilpa Shetty, Paresh rawal, Meezaan Jafri, Pranitha Subhash and others. The comedic caper is scheduled to air on Disney Plus Hotstar on July 23.


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