Last December, Universal Studios Singapore opened Transformers: The Ride, the world’s first theme park attraction based on the popular Hollywood franchise. The film’s director and executive producer Michael Bay powered it up and flagged off Asia’s most technologically advanced motion thrill ride.
On April 3, Bollywood producer Sajid Nadidawala, along with the entire cast of Housefull 2 — The Dirty Dozen, and a 100-plus team, will fly to Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore to unveil the much-anticipated sequel to his 2010 movie. The film opens April 5 worldwide.
Says Nadidawala, “We’ve had premieres in Dubai, London and the US, so why not Singapore? I’ve been shooting my films around the world, from Australia (Hey Babyy, 2007) and LA (Kambakkht Ishq, 2009) to Puglia, a remote village in Italy (Housefull, 2010) and the desert outside Las Vegas’ casino world (Anjanaa Anjaani, 2010). Even parts of Housefull 2 were filmed on a tiny island in Caribia, British Virgin Islands, where we couldn’t even anchor boats. We had to leave Sajid (director Sajid Khan), Akshay (Kumar), John (Abraham), along with the crew, and return to pick them up after pack-up. My company has bagged three awards for exploiting virgin locations on the Hindi screen.”
Quiz him on whether he’s considering shooting in Singapore for the upcoming Salman Khan-Sonakshi Sinha starrer, Kick, that starts end of the year and Sajid says, “No, for Kick my team is already in South Korea on a recci. We are thinking of shooting the Sajid Khan directed Judwaa 2 in Singapore starring Saif (Ali Khan). He has never played a double role before and I’ll be flying down technicians from LA to make this a never-seen-before twin caper.”