Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar`s first comedy to shock fans

Hyderabad: Known till now for his reality- based films, director Madhur Bhandarkar says that he wants to "shock" the audiences with his first rom-com, `Dil To Baccha Hai Ji`.

"For the first time I am coming out with a movie which is very different from the realistic cinema which I make. `Dil To Baccha Hai Ji` is about three guys and their love interest. After making hard-hitting movies like `Page 3`, `Corporate`, `Fashion` and `Jail`, I just thought let`s shock the audience with a different kind of cinema, Bhandarkar said.

The director was here yesterday to promote the film which will release on January 26.

Dil To... stars Ajay Devgan, Omi Vaidya, Emraan Hashmi Shruti Hassan, Shazahn Padamsee and Shraddha Das.

Bhandarkar, a three-time national award winning director, said that though the film was different from his earlier works, it was still a "realistic" comedy.

He said that he was happy with the realistic treatment, "because I was making this film within my limits".

"Dil To Baccha Hai Ji is not a senseless comedy. It is very logical and has the characters which one can relate to. Everybody in the film... when you see the characters you will feel it is the story of a person who one can identify with," Bhandarkar said.

When asked how the idea of making a comedy struck him, Bhandarkar said he always wanted to make one. "In fact long time ago, when I was shooting `Chandni Bar` in Hyderabad, Tabu used to ask me `why don`t you make a comedy`."

"I liked the films of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterji, and I always thought a day will come when I will also make one. I am absolutely a very funny guy and I have a great sense of humour. I keep laughing at myself and love to mimic people," he said.

Bhandarkar expressed confidence that people will like Dil To.... "I am sure people will extend the same love to (Dil To Baccha Hai Ji) as they have to my films for all these years since `Chandni Bar?.

Asked if it was difficult to make a comedy, Bhandarkar said, "It is very difficult to make people laugh through comedies, and especially through a film like `Dil To Baccha Hai Ji`. But, overall, it was easy to direct the film due to the team. The screenplay was good too."