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No money, no sequel

Percept Pictures face trouble bringing together Paresh Rawal and Riteish Deshmukh for the Malamaal Weekly sequel. Vajir Singh tells more.

entertainment Updated: Feb 02, 2008 16:24 IST
Vajir Singh

More than two years have elapsed since Percept Pictures announced their plans of making a sequel to their successful comedy Malamaal Weekly with the same star cast – Paresh Rawal, Om Puri and Riteish Deshmukh.

But then, there was no news. According to trade sources, Paresh Rawal has chosen to not to be a part of the sequel, thus putting a spanner in the works.

Not without original
According to an inside source, "Paresh wasn't willing to compromise on his market price. The sequel is being directed by Rajiv Kumar and not by Priyadarshan who did the original. The producers are in a dilemma. If they agree to pay Paresh his market price, then it will make the movie's budget unreasonable."

However, Sarita Patil, production head of Percept Pictures, asserts that there has been no dispute over Rawal's remuneration.

Side-stepping the issue, she says, "We are working out the logistics. Unless everything falls into place, we can't go ahead with the project."

Why the inordinate delay? She replies, "We're making several changes this time and working out the dates of various actors. It's a tough job coordinating the dates since they're extremely busy."

Given the fact that the cast is still to be finalised, when will the shooting begin? The answer to that is "sometime in the second half of this year." There is a like lihood that Deshmukh may not be in the sequel.

Our source reiterates that the production company will not go ahead with the sequel unless Rawal's fee is finalised and the actor gives the go-ahead.