The Hungama director Priyadarshan approached big actors like Ayushmann Khurrana and Kartik Aryan for the sequel. But, they showed no interest.
He believes that the actors think him as an outdated actor. The director has won National Award in 2007 and the Padma Shri in 2012.
Priyadharshan told PTI “I didn’t go directly to meet them but my concept was narrated to a lot of actors like Ayushmann Khurrana, Kartik Aaryan and Siddharth Malhotra. They all refused to do the film (Hungama 2). Now, I am working with Meezaan. They all refused because maybe they thought I am an outdated director, because I was out of the Hindi film industry for five years,”.
He has directed more than 95 films not only in Hindi but also other dialects such as Tamil, Telugu etc.
He added “They seemed disinterested. They don’t tell it to you on your face. I don’t like to beg actors and (I) prefer to work with somebody who believes in me. Many times when you request an actor to do a film, they show respect to you, offer you coffee and nicely they will avoid you, because maybe they don’t trust you,”.
In the context of film, he said both the films Hungama and Hungama 2 has a common element of Confusion.
“It is a film of total misunderstanding. The old film is about misunderstanding and confusion and same is the case with Hungama 2 but the story is different,” he said.
The sequel stars Paresh Rawal, a new cast, which includes Meezaan, Shilpa Shetty and south actor Pranitha Subhash.
Due to the pandemic, the shooting of the film has been affected.
He said, “We had 12 more days of shoot left. We were to shoot in Kullu-Manali, there was one song and few scenes left. Almost 80 per cent of the film is complete. We could have finished the film by now if not for coronavirus. I enjoyed doing the film, I am happy with it. I hope when people see it, they like it too,”
Produced by Ratan Jain, the film is scheduled to release in August.
Priyadarshan has given hits Kaanchivaram, Hera Pheri, Hungama, Hulchul and many more.