Chennai, April 19 (IANS): Actor Ravi Mariya, who is known for playing comedy roles as much as he is known for playing villain roles, has urged the media not to give comedic films second-class treatment.
Attending an event organized by director Sumanth Radhakrishnan’s “Hostel” unit, actor Ravi Mariya lamented that the media gives second-class status to comedy films.
“’Hostel’ is an exceptionally funny movie. You can’t move without laughing for four scenes of this movie. not through as being funny. However, if you go to the theater and see, you will see ordinary people cheering and clapping for several scenes.”
To get his point across, he cited the case of his recently released movie “Idiot.”
“Audiences enjoyed the comedy in ‘Idiot’ so much that theaters reverberated with the sound of applause. I sat down and watched four shows of this movie in theaters. I couldn’t hear the dialogue in the second half because of the applause. But some media said the movie wasn’t funny at all.”
Stating that there is a union to promote good films, Ravi Mariya said that great directors come together to promote and enjoy a good film. But when a comedy movie was made, the directors themselves weren’t ready to support it or celebrate it and that’s what hurt, he said.
“When we’re in grief, we look for friends who can cheer us up and call them first. However, when we make comedy movies, they have second-class status. Your critics don’t seem to give importance they deserve. Please consider that comedy movies help to relieve people’s stress and understand that these comedy movies are also necessary for society. Please enjoy good comedy movies and don’t relegate them to second-class status,” he said.