Whereas Vrajesh Hirjee is essentially identified for his roles in some cult films like ‘Rehna Hai Terre Dil Mein’ and the ‘Golmaal’ franchise amongst many others, there’s much more to him! As one speaks to Vrajesh, what comes throughout is his intelligence, deeper understanding of performing arts and the way articulate he’s. Nevertheless, what stays unchanged is his skill to make you smile or snort, which interprets even off-screen. His humorous one-liners and deadpan humour even amidst an interview is tough to overlook! The actor who’s been within the trade for over 20 years is part of an audio collection, ‘Marvel’s Wastelanders: Star-Lord’ on Audible which additionally has Saif Ali Khan. Whereas sharing insights about this collection, Vrajesh additionally will get nostalgic about his journey, confesses he did really feel like he was ‘boxed’ however had his personal causes for the alternatives he made. All this and extra on this dialog…
You began your movie profession in 1998. It has been round 25 years. Such a protracted journey!
And by the way, that was the title of my debut movie, ‘Such A Lengthy Journey’. It had Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri. I had only one scene with them. To consider it, what do I even say? I can say, I’ve survived. It was enjoyable, it nonetheless is. Each single day is a brand new day, each single problem is a brand new problem.
Or do you purposely choose up challenges? As an illustration, taking part in a personality in Marvel’s Wastelanders: Star-Lord and simply expressing by your voice!
Once I got here to Marvel’s Wastelanders: Star-Lord, I did not suppose this was going to be simple. The enjoyment right here was to reunite with Saif Sahab (Saif Ali Khan) after ‘Rehna Hai Terre Dil Mein’ for the primary time truly. When you will have an actor like Saif, it’s important to continually be in your toes and have your guard up as a result of he is good. The director Mantra Mugdh is himself one other stage of insane. We needed to sweat it out for certain. It was a variety of laborious work. Additionally, I’ve identified Mantra for some time now, so he precisely is aware of which buttons to press. It’s a must to maintain pushing your self. One is a performer in that sense with podcasts, you are concerned with sports activities, radio and a lot extra. You have to maintain transferring ahead as a performer. You’re taking every part that life gives you and one will get gives a lot as a result of I haven’t got that vibe that, ‘Oh I am an actor, that is all I do. Please convey me my latte earlier than I begin work’ (Laughs).
Then what’s it that you just really feel and suppose like?
I nonetheless come throughout photos, scenes and memes from a few of my outdated movies and memorable characters, which go viral every now and then. I work together with individuals who make them and remark and it is pretty. However I have never stepped in nostalgia or melancholy, so to talk. One thing like a Star Lord instantly brings in a brand new problem, as a result of I’ve a possibility to indicate a facet of me to my listeners which they have not been uncovered to earlier than. And that is how I have a look at it. One factor at a time. Each time I am going on stage, the guts beats like a drum. However by each efficiency you have completed a good job, then you definately sleep effectively at evening. On a regular basis, each single line, phrase, is an examination. You’ve got been employed as a result of it is a truth you could attempt. What are you being paid for in any other case? And if it is not, then what is the level?
If I could say, you have largely been identified in your comedian timing and comedy as a style. How do you have a look at the best way this style has developed through the years in Hindi cinema? In fact, there are additionally different artwork types like stand-up comedy that are evolving…
Once I began out, the comedy which I used to be performing have been roles. I used to be appearing. It was humorous as a result of it is the script however I used to be simply appearing. Then, stand-up is so outdated. Earlier than Johnny Lever, there was Johnny Whiskey. And now, it is come all the way down to reels and it is all so good. I study a lot from it. However so far as Hindi cinema is worried, I am going to provide you with an instance.
I noticed ‘Bhediya’ and it was hysterically humorous. I used to be rolling on the ground laughing, I used to be clutching my abdomen. There is a scene the place Varun turns right into a werewolf, he runs out of the window and his two buddies comply with him on this automobile. They give the impression of being out of the window and begin howling. One man has a battle with the opposite man that ‘
tu kitna besura hai
‘. So he says, ‘
Major Bhediye ki aawaaz bhi sur mein nikaalu kya
‘ they usually begin preventing. One of many guys’ elbow hits the radio and Himesh Reshammiya’s ‘
Tera Tera Tera
‘ begins taking part in. It is reduce to the werewolf. They reduce to Himesh Reshammiya’s ‘
‘ they usually reduce to the werewolf who begins howling. Then, there may be this werewolf together with his torn boxer shorts. He has modified again right into a human being, he’s strolling and he’s hiding his nakedness and a track begins, ‘
Chaddi pehen ke phool khilaa hai
‘. It is good! That is to say that, I consider that even in our cinema, we’re pushing the boundaries of comedy. We’re testing issues with each movie. We’re splendidly positioned so far as humour goes, in our performing arts. Even in Star Lord, particularly the humour is inconspicuous, and fortunately, most individuals have gotten it. At one level in Star Lord, Kohra, performed by Sushant Divgikar, asks Rocket Raccoon (which is my character) that, ‘
tum mujhe Previous Man Star Lord ki kahaani bataaoge
?’ and all he mentioned was ‘
‘. That is a finality to that. There may be subtlety and humour to the best way it is mentioned. My buddies had come to listen to this and after listening to this second, they mentioned, ‘
phir se suna
You clearly have a knack for particulars. Does that come from the truth that you additionally write?
Perhaps. I write as a result of I have been appearing for some time now and one picks up, one learns. You simply generally take a second, stand by and realise, ‘one second, what simply occurred? What did folks like? What did they maintain on to?’ I’ve by no means actually talked about it. Perhaps I ought to ask my therapist (Laughs). I am simply joking but it surely jogs my memory to place out a message that should you want remedy, simply go and get it. It’s severely under-looked in our social set-up. We nonetheless see it as a little bit of the slur that ‘
pagal hai kya
‘, which isn’t proper. Coming again to what you requested, the element is as a result of possibly I write or possibly that is how I learn. I do learn it that method, so it is fascinating that you just point out it.
Typically I do write, and get into particulars and generally some administrators could also be getting irritated by it. I spend hours on some issues generally. The ‘nahin’ scene which I discussed, whereas I used to be recording it, I took a lot time on getting it proper that the remainder of the recordists and assistants went mad. Somebody was attempting to soften right into a wall, somebody dropped espresso on themselves, somebody went to Panvel and got here again, Mantra was sitting with a glassy look in his eyes. However I like doing it, not when there isn’t any time. I like element, why not element? Simply because it is comedy or what?
All by your profession, have you ever felt such as you bought the form of roles which you wished?
I am going to provide you with a background! I studied commerce whereas I used to be finding out regulation. My first job was with Indian Categorical, second job was with a monetary consultancy. Then I wrote copies for an promoting company after which I began appearing. Initially I began appearing in order that my household survives the shortage of economic assets we have been going through at the moment. I then realised let’s make some cash. Let’s examine what which means. I by no means made appearing selections within the preliminary level in my profession pondering that ‘I am an actor’. I did each form of function, each dimension of movie. Now, in fact, I do suppose by a few of my selections however that’s due to the hindsight of some monetary stability. I work for little or no cash generally, however that is as a result of I can afford to do it. Proper now my abdomen is full, and I can maintain it full for a while however proper now what I am doing is to maintain it just a little fuller someplace down the street. Earlier, my appearing selections have been based on monetary concerns than inventive advantage as a result of that is the place I got here from. In the present day if somebody tells me on social media, that you just’re simply being money grabby, I resent it as a result of I am like, ‘What are you aware of my life?’.
Did you ever really feel you have been slotted right into a style or boxed? Are you content material now?
There was an enormous portion of my life the place I did see myself within the field. I used to be annoyed and I did attempt to escape of it, even supposing my debut was an intense function in an intense movie. However superb, I used to be put in a field. However, am I proud of my selections? Extraordinarily! Am I content material? By no means. As a result of the day I am content material, I am completed. What is the level then? As a Chartered Accountant, your revenue and loss account tallies, you might be content material. However as a performer how will you be content material? If Naseeruddin Shah have been to say, ‘What do I do subsequent?’ I perceive. However for me, it is only the start. There’s simply a lot to do. I will not let myself be content material however completely satisfied I am going to at all times be. I’m at all times completely satisfied. Fortunately, I am additionally at a spot now the place I haven’t got to make selections fully out of economic concerns!
Inform us about your upcoming initiatives.
There is a internet collection known as ‘Inspector Girpade’ on Audible. There is a Yash Raj movie which is once more on OTT. I am on stage on the Prithvi on August 13-14 with a play known as ‘One On One half 2’. Then in September, I am on stage with an older play known as ‘Chinese language Espresso’. I am taking part in the function which Al Pachino performed within the States. After which my very own manufacturing play known as ‘Guards At The Taj’ is on the stage on September 15. There’s the Kabaddi league developing which I host!
So, there’s loads on the desk certainly!
I must be counting my blessings besides that my son is having a tough time bringing me to maturity (Laughs).