AADAR JAIN THE BOY-NEXT-DOOR TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2021
Man's World|April 2021
There’s a new camaraderie in town and this time, it’s Aadar Jain and a gorilla. Hello Charlie on Amazon Prime Video intends to make you laugh out loud, Jain tells MW, and opens up about the ensemble cast, the digital release of the film, and his bond with his co-stars
ANANYA SWAROOP

AADAR JAIN, WHO WAS LAST SEEN IN QAIDI BAND, is now a part of one of the funniest comedies of this season, Hello Charlie. The film features him as a happy-go-lucky boy who always lands himself in trouble. Directed by Pankaj Saraswat, the film chronicles Jain's hilarious road trip with a gorilla named Toto, a ‘gomance’ you don't want to miss. The distinctively humorous film comes from the makers of the extremely successful comedy film Fukrey, and introduces a promising side of Jain. Toto, the gorilla’s distinctive character arc mixed with the collaborative effort of the cast, will leave the viewers rolling on the floor laughing. We catch up with Jain for a tell-all.

The trailer of the film was liked by many. What kind of an impact do you think the film will have on the audience?

Well, first of all, I hope everyone enjoys the film. They're going to have a smile on their faces after they watch the film. The trailer and the song are getting good responses. We have spoken to family, friends, colleagues, and they all have given positive feedback, whether it is about me, the film, the idea, or the storyline. The fact that there is a boy and a gorilla on a road trip is so crazy. But everything is very logical in this script, and everything makes a lot of sense. It is one of those intelligent comedies, which is a full comedy of errors, and I really feel that people are going to be entertained, especially at times like this, where we are missing out on comedies, on family entertainment films where we can sit together and watch a film, and just feel entertained.

Everyone is going through some stress or the other due to the pandemic, everyone has their worries, their stresses, their difficulties. But our aim, with this movie, is to relieve some of that stress. Cinema is about escapism. I really am hoping that people can, and will connect with this movie.

I also want kids to see it. They have been at home since last year because of the pandemic, so I feel like they might be bored. This is a very kid-friendly film. The other day, I was outside my building, and I saw a few kids doing the One Two One Two dance step, which has gone viral. These kids ask me, “Charlie, where is Toto?” and it feels so nice that they are connecting to it. I feel like because it is a clean comedy with a U-certificate, anyone can watch it. Kela kha ke, akela dekh sakte ho.

What was it like working with a gorilla, who is not a vocal companion to have in a comedy-of-error story? Was it difficult to shoot?

No, it was not difficult at all. I was just a little bit scared in the beginning. I am an animal lover, but working with a gorilla who is literally my height is challenging. I was a little scared thinking what if he does something to me. But he was very well trained. We ended up having a great bond eventually.

How was the experience of shooting the songs of the film?

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