Dharam and family go global
Dharam, Paramvir and Gajodhar Singh are flying off to UK soon. A year-and-a-half after Yamla Pagla Deewana released, its sequel, featuring the Deol trio - Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby - is scheduled to roll in September.
"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% of the film will be shot in London," says director Sangeeth Sivan, who's been working on the script with writer Jasvinder Bath for seven months.
He says, "It was difficult because unlike other sequels, we had three characters played by three popular actors who are 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 - will make a re-entry. "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 in India and has been visiting frequently. She can even speak Hindi," says Sangeeth.
Actor Neha Sharma will romance Bobby. She bagged the role as she had dates to spare for the two-month schedule in the UK. "Dhara-mji has a surprise partner. We won't reveal her name yet, but it's not Hemaji (Hema Malini)," he adds. "We have recorded five songs, but we'll play the
evergreen song, Main Jat Yamla Pagla Deewaana, that inspired the title."