“Aap ka Suroor was a hit, but the three flops after that is a burden on me. I am confident ‘Damadamm’ will relieve me of it. There is a debate about why I became an actor and this film will answer that,” Himesh told reporters.
All his previous films revolved around serious romantic storylines but Himesh is venturing into comedy for the first time with ‘Damadamm’. And the 38-year-old says he has Kishore Kumar as his inspiration because he was the only singer-actor who was successful.
“When Kajrare and Karzz didn’t do well, I thought that we should make an honest film which will make people spend 200 bucks for a ticket, and it will carry forward the comedy tradition established by Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn with films like ‘Garam Masala’ and ‘Golmaal’.
“Kishoreda was the only singer-actor who was successful. My first film was a hit that’s why people still want see me and I am getting the chance to make movies,” he said.
The film, directed by Swapna Waghmare, has Himesh play the role of a henpecked boyfriend who is fed up of his nagging girlfriend. He gets to breathe some fresh air once the she leaves for 15 days to attend a family function.
“The film is a new age freedom struggle, freedom from nagging people,” Himesh said, jokingly.
It’s his first comedy, also produced under his banner and Himesh is confident that the film will work, despite releasing on the same day as Shahrukh Khan’s ambitious project ‘Ra.One’.
“Damadam is produced under my banner and it is a comedy releasing with a huge competition, but we are confident that it will do the same trick as Golmaal and other comedy films,” said, Himesh, who is trying new ways of promoting his film, including a web concert on ArtistAloud.com.
“Digital concert is a space for personal interaction with listeners, it’s a new concept in India and challenging for an artiste. I have always tried new ways to market my music,” he added.
Himesh, who has been concentrating on his own films in the past few years, recently composed music for the Salman Khan-starrer ‘Bodyguard’, which has become very popular. The composer says he took a one-and-a-half year hiatus to reinvent himself.
“I have been working since I was 16, and I am 38 now. The gap was necessary to reinvent myself, to create new music, from which three songs in ‘Bodyguard’ have become hits. I have also collaborated with new bands and artistes and will release those gradually. We are also making 3-4 films under my banner. The break helped me make a comeback.”
Himesh, who started in Bollywood by scoring music for Salman’s movies, says he will be working for the superstar again very soon.
“I will also be making music for ‘Namastey London 2’ and ‘Dangerous Ishq’.”