After a successful career in Tollywood, actress Ileana D'Cruz ventured into Bollywood with the hit film Barfi!, starring opposite superstars Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. The film put the starlet into the limelight and she went on to sign more projects such as Phata Poster Nikla Hero, Rustom, Happy Ending, Mubarakan and several others - which were mostly comedy films. Now, Ileana is gearing up for the release of yet another comedy called Pagalpanti, sharing screen space with John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Arshad Warsi and many others. In a latest interview, the actress shed light on comedy films and why she has been choosing to sign them.
Ileana shared, “Comedy films are art at the end of the day. You’re always going to offend someone. Some people are just overtly touchy but our intention is never to offend or disrespect anybody. But I suppose, unintentionally someone will get offended. Anees Bazmee, the director, doesn’t even need to go to that level to make people laugh or entertain people. He’s a brilliant writer, who’s just so sorted.” The starlet also commented on working in more comedy films. She continued, “Comedy doesn’t come to mind when people think of me. After Mubarakan people from the industry told me they were surprised to see me in the film and said they didn’t expect me to be also good in it.”
The young actress added that sometimes it’s a challenged to surprise people. “I like to put myself in situations where even I don’t know if I can pull it off. Mubarakan was an out-and-out Punjabi film and I am not Punjabi in the least. But I had so much fun with it. It’s amazing what a little bit of belief from somebody else can do for you, because Anees ji and the writer were confident,” concluded Ileana. The actress’ Pagalpanti hits screens across the world on November 22.