JugJugg Jeeyo has been released and it is picking up at the box office. Alongside a stellar cast of Varun Dhawan, Neetu Kapoor, Kiara Advani and Anil Kapoor is comedian and presenter Maniesh Paul.
In a light-hearted role, he plays a character who disbelieves in the institution of marriage. We see him as a man who believes in lust/attraction rather than committed to a monogamous relationship. A lot of it Paul says comes from his personality, though a lot of it is character-related.
In an interview, he also opens up some valuable lessons from his peers and seniors like Anil Kapoor. Maniesh says: “That way I will definitely give it to Anil sir. I think me, Varun and everybody in fact used to ask him a lot of things like how cinema is changing and how it used to be in his time. The kind of things he shared with us, I think is the golden words for us.”
“It was a great learning ki chalo hum jo acting kar rahe hain, wo to hum seekh hi rahe hain but uske alawa jo unhone bataya na ki hits bhi hoti hain, flop bhi hoti hain, that is amazing. (It’s a great learning experience as we were anyway learning acting from him but he also taught us about how to deal with success and failures, and it was amazing).”
JugJugg Jeeyo is the story of a Punjabi family – the Sainis – and the drama that starts to unravel during a wedding within the clan. The eldest son Kukoo (Varun Dhawan) wants to end his love marriage with his childhood love, Nainaa (Kiara Advani).
They decide to reach home and talk about it comfortably with the family members. But as soon as they return to India for the wedding of Ginny (Prajakta Kohli), Kukoo’s sister, they come to know that everything is not so easy. Rather, Kuckoo’s parents Bheem and Geeta (Anil Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor) are looking at a divorce.
The movie is produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and Viacom 18 Movies. Directed by Raj A Mehta, in cinemas now.