Jats will now make merry in Queen’s country
Dharam, Paramvir and Gajodhar Singh are flying off to UK soon. A year-and-a-half after Yamla Pagla Deewana opened, its sequel, featuring the Deol trio — Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby — is ready to roll.
“It’s a clean family entertainer and even the action is not the kind you’d expect from a Sunny or Dharamji film. It’s along the lines of the original, but since the story demanded a foreign location, 90 per cent of the film will be shot in and around London,” says director Sangeeth Sivan who, after replacing Samir Karnik, has been working on the script with writer Jasvinder Bath for seven months.
“It was difficult because unlike other sequels, we had three characters played by three popular actors who were family and had to be given equal prominence. Fortunately, they all liked it and I’m free to have fun with the comic caper.”
However, none of the female actors — Nafisa Ali, Emma Brown Garett and Kulraj Randhawa — have been repeated. “We were looking for a girl who looked like she was from UK to star opposite Sunny. We cast Kristina Akheeva, a model from Australia with a background in theatre. She’s perfect since she has family living in India and has been visiting frequently. She can even speak Hindi,” explains Sangeeth.
Neha Sharma is the ‘desi’ girl who romances Bobby. She bagged the role because she had dates to spare for the two-month schedule in UK. “Dharamji has a surprise partner. We’re not going to reveal who yet, but it’s not Hemaji (Hema Malini),” he adds. “We have recorded five new songs but will play the Pratigyya (1975) chartbuster, ‘Main Jat yamla pagla deewaana’ that inspired the title, in some space.”