Riteish ventures into drama, crime thriller

Mumbai: Best at tickling the funny bone of the audience, actor Riteish Deshmukh will now tread an unusual path with a drama and an urban crime thriller film.

Riteish`s comic timing in films like `Masti`, `Kya Kool Hai Hum`, `Malamaal Weekly`, `Heyy Babyy`, `Dhamaal` and `Housefull` series garnered him appreciation from all quarters. But now he wants to venture into a new territory.

"I did `Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya`, a romantic comedy with Genelia. She was aggressive and I had taken backseat…it was the chemistry that was required and it worked. After this …things changed because people`s perception has changed," Riteish said.

"I have two different kinds of films that I would be doing – one drama and another urban crime thriller. I am looking forward to doing that…I am sure it will be great fun," he said though he didn`t elaborate on them.

Earlier Riteish tried his luck on genres other than comedy in action film `Cash`, Ram Gopal Varma`s `Naach` and `Rann`, Sohail Khan`s home production `Fight Club`, Sujoy Ghosh`s `Aladin`, but they failed at the box office.

Apart from this, he had signed up Indra Kumar`s `Masti 2`. "I start shooting for `Masti 2` from first week of August with Aftab, Vivek and me. It is my fourth film with Indra Kumar. It will be fun," he added.

`Masti 2` is the sequel of 2004 hit comedy `Masti` that starred Riteish, Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani, Genelia, Amrita Rao, Tara Sharma, Lara Dutta and Ajay Devgn.

His next release is `Kya Super Kool Hain Hum`, a sequel to the 2005-hit `Kya Kool Hain Hum`. Releasing on July 27, the film, directed by Sachin Yardi, features Riteish, Tusshar Kapoor, Neha Sharma and Sarah Jane Dias. "In the film Tusshar plays a struggling actor and I am a struggling DJ. For both of us bad luck is going on…they are working hard but nothing seems to work out. We inadvertently get into trouble doing certain things," Riteish said.

`Kya Super Kool Hain Hum` is an adult comedy also featuring a pug (dog), whom Riteish describes as the third hero of the movie. "He earns and we survive on his earnings. He is the bread earner of this family. He believes in sharing and scaring and he is very loyal…he is very generous," he said.