After an eight-month sabbatical, the irrepressible David Dhawan, who churned out hits like Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Biwi No 1, is back in the swing of things and will direct two films.
"The layoff has done me good. I needed the break from direction, yaar! It's not as if I was sitting idle at home. I was a judge on a dance show (Nach Baliye). That I enjoyed thoroughly. I was finalising the scripts for my next two films and spending time with my family," Dhawan told IANS.
Dhawan is teaming up with Govinda for producer Vashu Bhagnani's next film. The duo has given successful films like Hero No. 1, Coolie No.1 and last year's hit movie Partner, which also starred the director's another favourite actor, Salman Khan.
"The first would be for my friend Vashu Bhagnani with my dear friend Govinda in the lead. It'll be an out-and-out David-Govinda dhamaka, the kind that audiences will expect from us," said Dhawan.
"This would be my sixth film with Vashu - can you believe it? We still continue to believe in each other! We're looking for an interesting title for the film. But my next Hook Ya Crook written by Rensil D'Silva is a complete departure from everything I've done so far."
In Bhagnani's untitled film, Dhawan is repeating the Govinda-Lara Dutta pair after Ravi Chopra's Pappu Pass Ho Gaya. The film will also star Riteish Deshmukh.
While the Bhagnani project takes him into familiar territory, Dhawan has decided on a completely new team for Hook Ya Crook.
"Rensil wrote the full script for me immediately after Rang De Basanti. He's an amazing writer. His film for me is unbelievable. I've decided on John Abraham for the lead. One more major leading man has to be selected. This is a darkish film with violence in it. But nothing that would make the audiences alarmed, 'What's wrong with David Dhawan?'
Dhawan's son Rohit is also ready to turn director this year.
"In a couple of months, Rohit will be ready with his project. I'll most probably be producing the film along with a corporate house."