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Refused big banner films due to their 'arrogance': Dobriyal

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

has created a space for himself in the today but the recalls a time when he was asked to work for free or shown "arrogance" by big production houses.

The actor, who was noted for playing the hilarious Pappiji in Aanand L Rai's "Tanu Weds Manu" series, has featured in prominent films like "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo", "Hindi Medium" and "Central" in the recent past.

The actor, however, says things were different five years ago.

"I had said no to a lot of producers and directors in the last four-five years. At some places there was attitude problem or monetary issues. There was this arrogance that 'we are giving you mileage, a big banner, we won't pay you'.

"They asked me to do films for free, lesser money and of course the attitude problem was there. These things were negative but somehow they had a positive effect (on me)," Deepak says in an interview with

The turnaround for Deepak has been sweet as the and some of the production houses which were not keen to hire him, have come back.

Deepak says it has made him realise that "honesty" in your work. The says he can't afford to compromise on the quality of his work.

His latest, "Kaalakaandi" - a back comedy - releases today. Starring Saif Ali Khan, the film chronicles the story of six characters from different worlds of in a span of 12 hours and how the lives of these strangers intersect.

The 42-year-old actor is applauded for his great comic timing but what bothers Deepak is the emphasis to make people laugh for the sake of it.

"People have made comedy a gag and left the story behind. Even if you look at the time of Charlie Chaplin and what he did, he infused life experiences in gags. So his gags were films in themselves because they had a story. But today we don't see that...

"The pressure to make people laugh shouldn't be there. You should not try to make everyone in the theatre laugh. Tell a story, keep strong characters, and then see the magic," he adds.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 14:00 IST