Humor

‘Closet Writer’ Ranveer Singh talks about the power of tragic humor

BY AKSHAY ACHARYA

MUMBAI, (IANS) — Ranveer Singh, whose latest film “Jayeshbhai Jordaar” was released in theaters, has a fondness for different forms of humor, the more tragic humor and satire the film is based on. For him, satire and tragic humor are sharp weapons for making social commentary in the face of a crisis.

The actor, who has always been a “closet writer” and once worked as a copywriter for advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, spoke about the art of satire.

“I love satire. I’m also a hidden writer, so satire, tragic humor and black comedy are some of my favorite themes of humor as a writer. There’s something about satire that When you have so much to say when there’s a social commentary to be made and it’s told in the most humorous way, it suddenly completely changes the equation.

He added: “Tragic humor is the most powerful type of humour. Like Mr Charlie Chaplin – he pioneered tragic humor because his films were made in times of war and social crisis. He presented the grim realities of the world in such a humorous and entertaining way that you couldn’t help but laugh and marvel at this man’s excellence in bringing an issue to your attention.

This is the second time he has played a Gujarati, nine years after “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela”, where he played the passionate lover. Jayeshbhai, however, is cut from a different fabric. Although he comes from a small town, the character is aware of his social responsibilities and does everything in his power to fight against the scourge of sexual discrimination.

Poll him on his point of reference for his character in the film and Ranveer points to Divyang Thakkar, the rookie director who helmed the film, “Divyang was my point of reference for this character. He’s a Gujju bhai pakka and subconsciously or subconsciously he wrote a lot of himself into the character, and I could feel that with the passion and intensity with which he spoke about the character.

Ranveer understands where his characters come from as he is a hidden writer himself: “The spirit of a writer in me is constantly at work even when I am performing as an actor in front of the camera. 10 times out of 10, it led to bringing something more. I understand this is not my creation, but I can certainly add value from my side given my affinity for the art of writing.

He is grateful to have collaborated with writers and directors who welcomed his contributions for the greater good of the film. After all, movies are a collaborative art. He says, “Fortunately, I’ve worked with writers who incorporated my dialogue suggestions and directors who always invited my contributions.”

“So much so that they’ve sometimes told me that ‘you’ve contributed substantially to your deserving credit for writing additional dialogue,’ which I graciously declined because I think it’s not “It’s just a suggestion and not something I created out of scratch. I see it as part of what I do as an actor,” he adds.

“When I walk onto a film set, I make sure I’m there 100%, not just as an actor, but in every way I can and bring something of my skill set. That said, I want to make it clear that I’ve never jammed on scripts with the writers because that’s not my forte. Writing dialogue is something I have a natural flair for because I can assess how a particular line or a dialogue will land on the audience’s subconscious,” Ranveer concluded.