Director Sajid Khan has no qualms admitting that he takes actors Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh for granted. So much so, that when the filmmaker finished scripting the soon-to-be-released film Housefull 2, he gave the entire cast a formal narration, but didn’t include the two actors in the sitting.
“Akshay had a vague idea of his character. But Riteish was completely clueless. I remember him asking me what his role was, and I looked back at him and said, ‘Don’t you trust me?’ We even had a small fight and then Riteish said he didn’t want to hear the story. For at least half the shoot, he did not read the script or know what the story of the film was. Until we shot the climax, that is,” says Sajid, who in the past has directed the two actors in Heyy Babyy (2007) and Housefull (2010).
There seem to be a lot of similarities between the first film and the sequel. The Housefull 2 song Right Now Now… has been shot a lot like the original’s Papa Jag Jayega… Not only is the location and setting similar, but the actors are also dressed in their nightclothes in both the videos. “I realised what worked, and that’s why I’ve kept these similarities. I’ve even used animals in this one like in the previous film. But it will have a completely different climax as people didn’t seem to understand the original’s climax,” he says.
Meanwhile, even though his next film is a few weeks away from release, the director has already considered a Housefull 3. “Yes there will be a Housefull 3. But I will not make it without Sajid Nadiadwala producing it and Akshay and Riteish acting in it,” says Sajid, who along with Riteish, Asin, Jacqueline Fernandez and Shazahn Padamsee made a brief appearance at the HT Mint Luxury Conference in the city on Friday.