David Dhawan has already started filming the modern-day adaptation of the 1981 cult comedy, Chashme Buddoor, at Yashraj Studio. Pakistani actor-singer Ali Zafar, South superstar Siddharth and Pyar Ka Punchnama’s Liquid, Divyendu Sharma, are playing the roles of the three roomies essayed by Farooq Shaikh, Ravi Baswani and Rakesh Bedi in the original.
Telugu actor Taapsee, recommended by the studio, Viacom 18, and approved after a screen test, has stepped into Deepti Naval’s shoes.
“Viacom who had the rights to the remake approached me and I found it to be an entertaining film if a little dated. So I sat down to make it more contemporary. Around four months ago, we locked the final script. No, I haven’t shown it to Sai Paranjpe. Why should I? She may be a superb writer-director but she was never involved with our film in any way,” asserts David, dismissing rumours of her being a creative partner in the project. “I haven’t even met her. We’ve only retained the feel and freshness of her film but otherwise it’s a very different film.”
While David has kept some of the original characters like that of Lallan Miyan, the ‘paanwalla’ who gives cigarettes to the boys on credit, played by Saeed Jaffery, he has also brought in some new twists to the familiar story of two womanising wastrels trying to mess up the romance of their shy and studious roommate with the new girl in the neighbourhood, so their humiliating secrets remain in the dark.
“Rishi Kapoor takes over from Saeed as Lallan Miyan and Lillette Dubey is introduced into the plot as the boys’ landlady. There’s also Anupam Kher who could play a double or a triple role.” The film is set in Goa and shooting should wrap up by April 2012. Says David, “We haven’t fixed on a release date yet but we’re eyeing July-August 2012.”