Suresh Menon: I don’t imitate Karan Johar (Interview)

(Calcutta Tube) Comedian Suresh Menon, who is known for imitating Bollywood bigwigs, says that some of his acts might have offended Karan Johar and the filmmaker hates him for that.

‘I don’t imitate Karan Johar. But apparently he hates me and had once even said this on a radio station. He feels I have made a career out of imitating people but Karan should understand that imitation is the best form of flattery,’ Suresh told IANS.

Clarifying his stance on imitating Karan, Suresh said: ‘I can’t imitate him. It is the mimicry of a person called Ojas Rajani, who used to be a dress designer and has now become a make-up artist. Coincidently his voice resembles Karan’s and everybody thinks it is him.’

Suresh says he has known Karan since the shooting of ‘Dil to Pagal Hai’ and they shared a good bond.

‘We were a nice group, Shah Rukh Khan, Aditya Chopra, me and Karan. A lot of laughter and happiness used to happen on the sets,’ Suresh, who was present at the launch of Sir Adhikari Brothers’ new channel Mastiii, added.

The comedian insists he likes imitating people but doesn’t do it with the intention of hurting someone’s feelings.

‘I can crack jokes, mean jokes but not with the intention of hurting anyone. I can crack jokes as long as I know that people will accept it. If I feel it is going to hurt someone, I just leave it,’ he added.

Suresh started his film career in 1997 with ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’. He has done films like ‘Dewane Hue Pagal’ (2005), ‘Phir Hera Pheri’ (2006), ‘Krazzy 4’ (2007), and ‘Partner’ (2007), among others. Apart from acting in films, he has acted in television and has also hosted a number of radio shows.

He admits that the road to success was not an easy one.

‘I have had my fair share of struggle. When I used to go out to find work and return empty-handed, my parents used to ask if I was successful or not. That sad look on their face used to hurt me terribly. And now when I have made a place for myself, unfortunately, they are not alive to see my success,’ he says.

‘I would consider my talent as a gift from god. It’s by god’s grace that I have the caliber to make people laugh and would like to keep my talent very safely with me,’ he added.

Suresh’s future projects include the sequel of ‘Tom Dick and Harry’, Shah Rukh Khan’s production venture ‘Ra.One’, director Anees Bazmee’s ‘No Problem’ and Sunil Shetty’s production ‘Mumbai ChakaChak’ starring Rahul Bose and Mandira Bedi among others.

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