His directorial debut, Krazzy 4 is a laughriot toplining four funny men, Irrfan Khan, Arshad Warsi, Suresh Menon and Rajpal Yadav, and the Queen of Comedy, Juhi Chawla.
It also boasts of the star power of Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan who've been roped in for the same item number. While Khan's act will be a part of the story, Roshan Jr.'s will be used as a promotional video to introduce the four protagonists who are loonies on the loose.
"Hrithik was always a part of the song since Krazzy 4 is as much his film as Rakeshji's. But getting Shah Rukh thanks to Rakeshji's long association with him made it a double whammy. Once we'd confirmed both the superstars we thought that rather than have them shoot for two separate songs as is usual, we could get them together for the same audio track with slight variations in the lyrics," explains director Jaideep Sen.
He's already had an ‘awesome' four-day shoot with Khan in January, and plans to shoot with Hrithik this month.
Sen admits with a laugh that he has several friends who are wacky, but he's never had to deal with four crazies at the same time. While Warsi, Yadav and Menon were the obvious choices for the leads, Sen admits he approached Irrfan to play a negative role "but he wanted to be one of the guys."
Chawla was also sounded out by Roshan.
"Half-way through the narration she smiled at me and said, ‘I'm on, you just make a good film,'" recalls Sen.
Now for thrills
The concept, he admits frankly, was Rakesh Roshan's. "It's been with him for a while. He sounded me out during Krrish 2 and once Rakeshji makes even a slight commitment he honours it. It's taken me 17 years to get here but I'm not complaining," says Sen.
He says that he would love to make another film for Filmkraft but the next production will be directed by Anurag Basu. So, Sen has moved to Percept Picture Company for his second venture.
"Suresh Menon recommended me to Shailendra Singh. I'm committed to Percept for one film," he informs. "I wouldn't want to do another light film.. may be a thriller now."