Encouraged by the success of the first three films of the Housefull franchise and comedies at the box office this year, producer Sajid Nadiadwala did not tighten his purse strings when it came to Housefull 4. Deccan Chronicle reports that the film has the biggest budget for a comedy film in Bollywood.
“The film boasts a huge starcast – Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, both the Kritis – Sanon and Kharbanda, Pooja Hegde, Rana Daggubati, Amanda Rosario apart from Boman Irani and Nawazuddin Siddiqui among a host of others. There has been a change of director from Sajid Khan to Farhad Samji and both of them have been paid. Sajid Khan was replaced after the #MeToo controversy as was actor Nana Patekar who was also paid,” a trade source informed the newspaper.
Housefull 4 is a reincarnation comedy, with the narrative switching from the ‘Baahubali-era’ to the present day. “The film also has two cinematographers capturing two eras – the 16th as well as the 21st century. There are seven music composers for the film as well. Add to all this there are multiple locations and a reshoot that took place making it the most expensive comedy film thus far,” the source added.
Director Farhad Samji had revealed, “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.” Housefull 4 is scheduled to hit the theatres on Diwali this year.