Added Threat

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Jan 2019 10:09:42


Screenwriter-director Farhad Samji has revealed that the Baahubali star Rana Daggubati will play a threat in their upcoming film Housefull 4. Rana had replaced Nana Patekar in the film after the veteran actor was accused of sexual misconduct by actress Tanushree Dutta. Rana started shooting for it in Mumbai in November.

“I think it is too early to talk about his role. It’s an important role. He is playing the threat in the film,” Farhad told IANS about the movie that also stars actors Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh and Bobby Deol.

Rana is not the only replacement in the film. In October, filmmaker Sajid Khan had to step down as its director after he was accused of sexual harassment.

“It would have been difficult for me had I not written the screenplay and dialogues of the film. Whenever I narrate, I do it like a stand-up act. All the actors... even producers make it a point that I am present on sets. I was in Jaisalmer while the shooting was happening there.

“So, it is not a big jump for me. But yeah, as a director, there are so many departments that I have to look up to like costumes, timing, actors and all. I had worked with Sajid Nadiadwala (producer) before also in Housefull 3 so, he was also there with me,” said Farhad.

But Housefull 3 was co-directed by Sajid Samji and Farhad. Talking about the pressure of directing all by himself, he said: “Had it been three directors, then also there would have been pressure. The same goes for directing solo. Pressure is there because it a big franchise and is releasing on Diwali. It is a period comedy... something that we are doing for the first time. The look, clothes and scale of the film are done on a different level. That’s the challenge. For me, filmmaking is passion.”