Sagar Ballary’s debut film Bheja Fry, which was made on a small budget of Rs 50 to Rs 60 lakh, went on to win critical acclaim and commercial success. And now that he has its sequel lined up, he’s got higher expectations to meet. Spilling the beans about the plot of the film, which will be more about Vinay Pathak’s character Bharat Bhushan, he says, “The first part saw Vinay as a goofy and irritable character, this one will see him entering a singing reality TV show, where he meets Minissha Lamba, who plays an executive producer.”
Due to the shortage of funds during the first film, none of the film’s cast, from Rajat Kapoor and Vinay Pathak to Tom Alter and Milind Soman got paid. But he made sure all the artistes were paid their dues this time. “Everyone was paid well,” says the director, whose film will release on July 15.
Ballary, who is currently adding finishing touches to the sequel, is also working on its promos and music videos.
“We don’t want our film to look like it was made on a small budget as compared to say a Shah Rukh Khan or an Akshay Kumar starrer. We haven’t cut corners. The money used is optimum and utilised well,” says an artiste who has shot a song in Indonesia for the project.
While Ballary’s Hum, Tum Aur Shabana is also due to release in August, his search for a second actor along with Arshad Warsi for his forthcoming film based on a story revolving around a bank heist, still continues.