The first trailer of The Shaukeens, inspired by the 1982 Basu Chatterjee classic starring Ashok Kumar, A K Hangal and Utpal Dut, is out. While it remains to be seen whether Piyush Mishra, Anupam Kher and Annu Kapoor are able to do justice to the roles reprised by the veterans, the film promises to be a laugh riot.
The film's plot revolves around three old men who are smitten by the beautiful Ahana (Lisa Hayden) in Mauritius who says she will "sleep with the man who gets her to meet her idon Akshay Kumar".
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Helmed by Abhishek Sharma, who earlier made Tere Bin Laden, Kher plays the "Sadly married" Laali, while Kapoor is KD , the "single love guru" and Mishra plays Pinky, the "unhappy widower".
When asked about his role in the film, Piyush Mishra told HT, "I loved the character and I found no reason to say no to this one. The only struggle was to look around ten years older than I am."
"Anupam and Annu are around ten years elder to me and there was a fear that I might start getting only such roles in future but I decided to overcome that. The lust of the three characters are clearly defined in the film, there are reasons to it," he added.
Mishra revealed that his role was earlier written with Paresh Rawal in mind. "However, both the writers (Sai Kabir and Tigmanshu Dhulia) and Abhishek recommended me for the role," he said.
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Interestingly, the actor-singer-poet said that he does not remember the 1982 Basu Chatterjee's classic. "I had watched it, but that was a long time ago. The Shaukeens is a completely new film, very different from the original. The social strata of the three characters, the settings and the whole script is novel."
Chatterjee's Shaukeen was earlier remade in Telugu as Prema Pichollu with Chiranjeevi, Gummadi Venkateswara Rao and Allu Ramalingaiah.
Sharing the first trailer on his Facebook wall, Akshay Kumar wrote, "#TheShaukeens are here! 3 old yet young men, a hot girl and an alcoholic superstar played by yours truly in a special appearance Let me know what you guys think of the trailer."
The Shaukeens is scheduled to be released on November 7.