I resent it when anyone calls me money grabby: Vrajesh Hirjee


Whilst Vrajesh Hirjee is in large part recognized for his roles in some cult films like ‘Rehna Hai Terre Dil Mein’ and the ‘Golmaal‘ franchise amongst many others, there is much more to him! As one speaks to Vrajesh, what comes throughout is his intelligence, deeper figuring out of acting arts and the way articulate he’s. On the other hand, what stays unchanged is his skill to make you smile or chortle, which interprets even off-screen. His humorous one-liners and deadpan humour even amidst an interview is difficult to leave out! The actor who is been within the trade for over 20 years is part of an audio collection, ‘Wonder’s Wastelanders: Celebrity-Lord’ on Audible which additionally has Saif Ali Khan. Whilst sharing insights about this collection, Vrajesh additionally will get nostalgic about his adventure, confesses he did really feel like he used to be ‘boxed’ however had his personal causes for the decisions he made. All this and extra on this dialog…

You began your movie profession in 1998. It is been round 25 years. This type of lengthy adventure!

And by the way, that used to be the identify of my debut movie, ‘Such A Lengthy Adventure’. It had Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri. I had only one scene with them. To think about it, what do I even say? I will be able to say, I have survived. It used to be amusing, it nonetheless is. Each unmarried day is a brand new day, each unmarried problem is a brand new problem.

Or do you purposely pick out up demanding situations? As an example, enjoying a personality in Wonder’s Wastelanders: Celebrity-Lord and simply expressing via your voice!

Once I got here to Wonder’s Wastelanders: Celebrity-Lord, I did not assume this used to be going to be simple. The enjoyment right here used to be to reunite with Saif Sahab (Saif Ali Khan) after ‘Rehna Hai Terre Dil Mein’ for the primary time in reality. If in case you have an actor like Saif, you must continuously be for your feet and feature your guard up as a result of he is good. The director Mantra Mugdh is himself any other stage of insane. We needed to sweat it out needless to say. It used to be a large number of arduous paintings. Additionally, I have recognized Mantra for some time now, so he precisely is aware of which buttons to press. It’s a must to stay pushing your self. One is a performer in that sense with podcasts, you are concerned with sports activities, radio and so a lot more. You wish to have to stay shifting ahead as a performer. You are taking the whole thing that existence gives you and one will get provides such a lot as a result of I would not have that vibe that, ‘Oh I am an actor, that is all I do. Please deliver me my latte sooner than I get started paintings’ (Laughs).


Then what’s it that you are feeling and assume like?

I nonetheless come throughout footage, scenes and memes from a few of my previous movies and noteworthy characters, which cross viral once in a while. I engage with individuals who lead them to and remark and it is pretty. However I have never stepped in nostalgia or despair, so as to talk. One thing like a Celebrity Lord straight away brings in a brand new problem, as a result of I’ve a possibility to turn a facet of me to my listeners which they have not been uncovered to sooner than. And that is the reason how I have a look at it. Something at a time. Each time I’m going on degree, the center beats like a drum. However via each efficiency you have got completed a good activity, then you definately sleep neatly at night time. On a regular basis, each unmarried line, phrase, is an examination. You have been employed as a result of it is a incontrovertible fact that you’ll check out. What are you being paid for differently? And if it is not, then what is the level?

If I might say, you have got in large part been recognized on your comedian timing and comedy as a style. How do you have a look at the best way this style has advanced over time in Hindi cinema? After all, there also are different artwork paperwork like stand-up comedy that are evolving…

Once I began out, the comedy which I used to be acting had been roles. I used to be appearing. It used to be humorous as a result of it is the script however I used to be simply appearing. Then, stand-up is so previous. Sooner than Johnny Lever, there used to be Johnny Whiskey. And now, it is come right down to reels and it is all so just right. I be informed such a lot from it. However so far as Hindi cinema is anxious, I’m going to come up with an instance.

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I noticed ‘Bhediya‘ and it used to be hysterically humorous. I used to be rolling at the ground giggling, 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 pals observe him on this automobile. They appear out of the window and get started howling. One man has a combat with the opposite man that ‘

tu kitna besura hai

‘. So he says, ‘

Primary Bhediye ki aawaaz bhi sur mein nikaalu kya

‘ and so they get started preventing. Probably the most guys’ elbow hits the radio and Himesh Reshammiya’s ‘

Tera Tera Tera


‘ begins enjoying. It is lower to the werewolf. They lower to Himesh Reshammiya’s ‘


‘ and so they lower to the werewolf who begins howling. Then, there may be this werewolf along 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 tune begins, ‘

Chaddi pehen ke phool khilaa hai

‘. It is good! That is to mention that, I consider that even in our cinema, we’re pushing the limits of comedy. We’re trying out issues with each movie. We’re splendidly positioned so far as humour is going, in our acting arts. Even in Celebrity Lord, particularly the humour is unassuming, and fortunately, the general public have were given it. At one level in Celebrity Lord, Kohra, performed via Sushant Divgikar, asks Rocket Raccoon (which is my personality) that, ‘

tum mujhe Previous Guy Celebrity Lord ki kahaani bataaoge

?’ and all he stated used to be ‘


‘. That is a finality to that. There may be subtlety and humour to the best way it is stated. My pals had come to listen to this and after listening to this second, they stated, ‘

phir se suna


You obviously have a knack for main points. 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 alternatives up, one learns. You simply on occasion take a second, stand via and realise, ‘one 2d, what simply came about? What did folks like? What did they grasp directly to?’ I have by no means truly mentioned it. Perhaps I will have to ask my therapist (Laughs). I am simply joking nevertheless it jogs my memory to position out a message that if you want remedy, simply cross and get it. It’s significantly under-looked in our social set-up. We nonetheless see it as slightly 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 means, so it is fascinating that you simply point out it.

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Every so often I do write, and get into main points and on occasion some administrators is also getting aggravated via it. I spend hours on some issues on occasion. The ‘nahin’ scene which I discussed, whilst I used to be recording it, I took such a lot time on getting it proper that the remainder of the recordists and assistants went mad. Any individual used to be seeking to soften right into a wall, anyone dropped espresso on themselves, anyone went to Panvel and got here again, Mantra used to be sitting with a glassy glance in his eyes. However I really like doing it, now not when there is not any time. I really like element, why now not element? Simply because it is comedy or what?

During your profession, have you ever felt like you were given the type of roles which you sought after?

I’m going to come up with a background! I studied trade whilst I used to be learning regulation. My first activity used to be with Indian Categorical, 2d activity used to be with a monetary consultancy. Then I wrote copies for an promoting company after which I began appearing. To begin with I began appearing in order that my circle of relatives survives the loss of monetary assets we had been going through at the moment. I then realised let’s make some cash. Let’s have a look at what that implies. I by no means made appearing possible choices within the preliminary level in my profession pondering that ‘I am an actor’. I did each more or less function, each measurement of movie. Now, in fact, I do assume via a few of my possible choices however this is as a result of the hindsight of a few monetary balance. I paintings for little or no cash on occasion, however that is as a result of I will be able to manage to pay for to do it. At this time my abdomen is complete, and I will be able to stay it complete for a while however presently what I am doing is to stay it a bit fuller someplace down the street. Previous, my appearing possible choices had been basically in accordance with monetary issues than inventive benefit as a result of that is the place I got here from. These days if anyone tells me on social media, that you are simply being money grabby, I resent it as a result of I am like, ‘What are you aware of my existence?’.

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Did you ever really feel you had been slotted right into a style or boxed? Are you cheerful now?

There used to be an enormous portion of my existence the place I did see myself within the field. I used to be pissed off and I did attempt to get away of it, although my debut used to be an intense function in an intense movie. However nice, I used to be installed a field. However, am I pleased with my possible choices? Extraordinarily! Am I content material? By no means. For the reason that day I am content material, I am completed. What is the level then? As a Chartered Accountant, your benefit and loss account tallies, you’ll be content material. However as a performer how are you able to be content material? If Naseeruddin Shah had been to mention, ‘What do I do subsequent?’ I perceive. However for me, it is only the start. There is simply such a lot to do. I would possibly not let myself be content material however glad I’m going to at all times be. I’m at all times glad. Fortunately, I am additionally at a spot now the place I would not have to make possible choices totally out of monetary issues!

Let us know about your upcoming tasks.

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 degree on the Prithvi on August 13-14 with a play known as ‘One On One phase 2’. Then in September, I am on degree with an older play known as ‘Chinese language Espresso’. I am enjoying the function which Al Pachino performed within the States. After which my very own manufacturing play known as ‘Guards At The Taj’ is at the degree on September 15. There is the Kabaddi league arising which I host!

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So, there is a lot at the desk certainly!

I will have to be counting my blessings with the exception of that my son is having a troublesome time bringing me to adulthood (Laughs).

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