It’s not often that a filmmaker sets his release date even before he has finalised his cast. Rohit Shetty is the exception. He has decided to release Golmaal 3 this Diwali. And also plans to wrap up the Hindi remake of the Malayalam hit, Puthiya Mukham, with his favourite actor, Ajay Devgn, by then.
At the moment, Shetty is busy with the pre-production of his third Golmaal movie, scheduled to flag off on April 4 at Intercontinental Hotel in Goa. He’s filmed the two previous Golmaal films there too and says the setting is perfect for
Kareena Kapoor is the only heroine in this comic caper featuring Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor and Shreyas Talpade. Tusshar will continue to play the mute Lucky "but his character will be better this time". Sharman Joshi, who played Laxman in Golmaal and appeared as a framed photograph in Golmaal Returns, will never be a part of the series again.
Golmaal3 has a new character to be enacted by Kunal Kemmu. "It’s ridiculous for a certain publication to say that Kareena recommended Kunal’s name for the character because he is supposedly seeing Saif’s (Ali Khan) sister Soha," Shetty fumes.
Paresh Rawal and Sushmita Mukherjee, who played a visually-impaired couple in the first movie, and were missed in the
second, will not be a part of the third either.
Instead, Mithun Chakraborthy and Ratna Shah Pathak have been roped in to play vital roles. "Mithunda is a superb actor. While I was scripting, I thought of approaching him. He hasn’t done a comedy in a long time. When I finished writing, I narrated the script to him and was glad he agreed," says Shetty. "Ratnaji is another fabulous actress and she is best suited for this role."
He refuses to reveal details of the script saying it’s too early. "Talking any more about the film will spoil the fun.
Rest assured that everything you want to see will be there," he asserts.
Shetty is not worried about competition from other Diwali releases. "I don’t know which other films are coming but we are on course," he says confidently. The film will be shot in two marathon spells, 45 days in Goa and 25 days in Hyderabad.
Shetty also plans to wrap up his Hindi remake of the Malayalam hit, Puthiya Mukham. "I loved the film and wanted to make it with Ajay. After he saw it too, we decided to acquire the remake rights," he informs.
Return to action
The film will mark Shetty’s return to action after his debut film, Zameen. He says he has been wanting to get back to pulling some punches and thinks the Prithviraj starrer is the perfect subject for a maar dhaad dhamaka. "I’ll be rewriting the script keeping Ajay and the Hindi film audience in mind," he adds.
For the high end action Shetty plans to go the old school way of commercial action movies. "You will see realistic
hardcore action," he promises.
He plans to wrap up the quickie in two months, He will then direct an action comedy for Ekta Kapoor.