More inside scoop from director Anees Bazmee about Pagalpanti

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Anees Bazmee is ready with yet another fabulous full on masala comedy film, Pagalpanti featuring an incredible cast that includes John Abraham, Ileana D’Cruz, Anil Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Urvashi Rautela, Shaurabh Shukla and more. The filmmaker recently got candid about what makes the cast of this movie so special.

When asked, what is special about the gang of actors in Pagalpanti, he said, “The cast is really special because I have worked with Anil Kapoor in so many films. This would be my eleventh film with him. Also, I have earlier worked with John Abraham in Welcome Back (2015). In that film, he hardly had two comedy scenes. His expressions in those scenes were so impressive that back then, I had told him that one day I would like to direct him in a full-fledged comic role. When I approached him for this film, he said that he was really fond of comedy movies and was keen to do something like this.”

When we talked with him about John’s role he revealed, “He is playing a totally different character. He is a very common man and he is actually very scared. The film is about how a common man behaves with other people. As I said, he is a very simple man, he is not a very fighter type of person. So, the comedy chances are there! I feel he is doing a fantastic job.”

As for Mr. Kapoor, “He is a great actor. A great human being. I have a great equation with him! So, whenever I have a great, good role and if I feel that Mr. Anil Kapoor can do it, then why should I attempt to select anybody else.”

Speaking of one pagalpanti incident from the sets, Anees Bazmee said, “There was a particular scene which I think was jinxed! It was a birthday party scene, which we wanted to shoot outdoors. The set needed to be decked up for the shoot as it was all about celebration. However, every time we were ready with the shot, baarish aa jaati thi! This happened nearly half a dozen times. Even if the day looked sunny and we managed to set up the shot, in the end, rains would play spoil sport. Also, out of frustration when we used to set the same scene indoors, baahar aasman khula ho jaata tha. It would a sunny day with clear skies.”

He also revealed exclusively to BollySpice that the shoot in London was tremendous fun! “Very nice! There are about 15 main actors there. All of them are great! Everybody is enjoying it; we are not working very hard. We are just playing. We are just enjoying it because this film is a comedy. My actors are really happy. For the whole day, everybody is laughing and they have become friends. And, you know everyone is working for more than 10-12 hours, not one feels tired. There is a fantastic atmosphere on set!”

Well, we cannot wait to see the movie on the screen!


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