Nikkhil Advani: Hasmukh is about morality versus ambition


It is about the human psyche, that you start convincing yourself that you are doing something for the greater good, that the victim will suffer a little but it will benefit the society, and I am doing that good. Hasmukh has to find a reason to murder, the reason to murder cannot only be that he wants to perform well after murdering someone. But it is only about his dream, and that is what keeps eating him up. So, my phone call went to the writers and I said we need to make the jokes funnier. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd The image of Vir is bigger than the character of Hasmukh. How does a simple boy from Saharanpur make it big? We will make the jokes funnier in the next season. So then you feel you are a saviour, not a murderer. Do you think it would be different if Vir Das did not play Hasmukh? Written by Komal RJ Panchal
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Published: May 2, 2020 3:14:28 pm

Hasmukh is streaming on Netflix. But I am very happy because whether you liked the comedy or not, one thing is consistent that you have liked Vir as an actor. So now, going forward, now that people have gotten to know what the show is about, if we can improve the writing and make it better, I think we will have a winner on our hands. I only want to hear the negatives, I am not interested in people telling me positive things, because I am only interested in making the best. How far will you go to achieve the one dream you have had all your life? I think the jokes should be made funnier. Talking about the premise of the show, there is this interplay between comedy and tragedy. The filmmaker also opened up about how he craves for negative feedback and looks forward to the show’s next season. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. So, that may be how Hasmukh convinces himself that it is about changing society. Why do you think people then came expecting comedy? Dark comedy’s germ is always tragedy. If you see, Hasmukh’s first stand-up is about breaking promises, his second show is about child abuse, the third stand-up talks about corrupt politicians, the fourth one talks about lawyers and the fifth one talks about violence against women. Hasmukh is about morality versus ambition. Someone who has spent so much on a Netflix subscription, people who pay for movie tickets, they deserve the best. It is about Hasmukh finding a reason for what he has just done, for the murders. Here are some excerpts from the conversation:
Performances in Hasmukh have been received positively, but people have said that the jokes were not good enough. It is not about the comedy. That happens in the entertainment industry a lot, is this your way of telling the bigger story of your surroundings? Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. He came up with the concept of a comedian who is a murderer. So, yes it is about comedy versus tragedy. That is because Vir (Das) is a comedian and people expected stand-up. Hasmukh is streaming on Netflix. So, what we did was, we showed an uncle who kept on abusing him, a mentor who never kept his promise, someone who is corrupt, so then Hasmukh starts thinking that these people don’t deserve to live, so I am doing a favour to humankind by killing them. I think if we didn’t have Vir, then we wouldn’t have this concept. Would it then be looked as a dark gritty show that it is supposed to be? (Photo: Nikkhil Advani/Instagram, Vir Das/Instagram)
In this interview with indianexpress.com, Hasmukh show-runner Nikkhil Advani spoke about how the series is not about stand-up comedy, but actually germs from a deep and dark tragedy. But what most people need to understand is that we always saw it as a dark comedy. There is a fine line between a conqueror and a murderer. With the kind work I do, I only look at the bad things, I don’t look for the good. What is making him justify his act? So, if somebody is saying that the jokes could be made funnier, we will make the jokes funnier.