They are possibly Bollywood’s most low-profile lovebirds. But that doesn’t stop filmmakers from casting Genelia D’Souza and Riteish Deshmukh together. Now, the duo — who last shared screen space in Masti (2004) — will be back in Indra Kumar’s sequel, Masti 2.
Confirms producer Ashok Thakeria: “Yes, we are going ahead with the Masti sequel. And the cast will remain largely unchanged, including Riteish and Genelia.” Thakeria contends that they are still working on the script. “But we should start in about six months,” he says.
That’s not all. Apparently, Riteish and Genelia are also set to star in a yet-to-be-titled rom-com, produced by Tips and to be directed by newbie Mandeep Kumar. The film is set in north India. Apparently, the film will be shot in a start-to-finish schedule and releases in December. For the uninitiated, Riteish and Genelia made their debuts together in Tujhe Meri Kasam (2003).
Recent rumours talked about the couple’s public display of affection at a recent awards function in Toronto, leading to buzz that they plan to tie the knot in 2012. Riteish, who still maintains the classic ‘we’re just good friends’ line, wasn’t amused and blasted the media for being over-imaginative.
“It’s all rubbish. There’s no marriage happening,” says Riteish, who’s busy with a couple of other sequels including Housefull 2 and Kya Super Kool Hain Hum. Although Riteish and Genelia were always believed to be close, they surprisingly didn’t sign a film together after Masti, though the male star stated that since Genelia was his first co-star, she “would always be special”.