The Singh Dhillons are hoping to be back in the theatres next year. Yes, Dharam, Paramvir and Gajodhar are returning with Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, but instead of Samir Karnik it will be Sangeeth Sivan who will be directing the sequel.
“I’ve worked with Sunny (Deol) earlier in Zor (1997) and Bobby (Deol) in Ek—The Power Of One (2009). I’ve also got close to Dharamji (Dharmendra) over the last few years when we were working on Cheers featuring Bobby and him. Suddenly, one day, I was asked if I’d be interested in doing Yamla Pagla Deewana 2. It’s a privilege working with the Deols and I hadn’t done a comedy in a while. I liked the story and things fell into place,” laughs Sangeeth.
Quiz him on whether Part 2 will take off from where the 2011 dramedy left off, with Gajodhar (Bobby) marrying Saheba (Kulraj Randhawa) and Dharam (Dharmendra) going to Canada with Paramveer (Sunny), and Sangeeth says that though the film will be in the genre, it will be a new story, just as funny but not really a follow up.
“We’ve got an idea and we’re taking it forward. We will roll as soon as we’ve locked the script. We’re targeting a mid-2013 release,” says Sangeeth, who in the last two years has also written a Malayalam film that he will be producing. “If it works, we can remake it in Hindi too.”
Cheers too will happen, but after Yamla Pagla Deewana, which is obviously the priority now. “It’s ready and has been waiting for the last year and a half,” says Sangeeth. “It’s a beautiful story about a father and son. Dharamji and Bobby will be in it for sure. We’re trying to write in a role for Sunny. If it works, we could have the Deols together in one more film. Cheers!”
One plus, one minus
Subhash Ghai has approached Sangeeth Sivan for the Apna Sapna Money Money (2006) sequel. “We’ve started scripting. Let’s see how quickly we get it right,” says Sangeeth.
He’s not directing the sequel to his 2005 film, Kya Kool Hain Hum, but Sangeeth has no complaints. “Ekta Kapoor and I were keen to come up with a sequel. But nothing looked interesting on paper, and meanwhile, Sachin Yardi came up with something exciting, all the best to him.” He reminisces that at the time, he’d had nothing to lose, as the film came after a string of flops, adding, “It was a make or break film.”