Bunty Aur Babli 2, Shaad Ali (Photo Credit: Instagram)
The return of the smash-hit conman comedy, Bunty Aur Babli 2 will not just miss Abhishek Bachchan reprising his titular role but also it filmmaker Shaad Ali. Debutant director Varun V Sharma has stepped into his shoes that also re-unites Saif Ali Khan-Rani Mukerji after 11 years. The movie will also witness Sidhath Chaturvedi aka MC Sher’s second Bollywood outing and INA, The Forgotten Army’s Sharvari Wagh in a fresh pairing.
While there was speculation that Shaad turned down Yash Raj's Bunty Aur Babli 2 as he was caught up with his web series Pawan & Pooja, he shut down the rumours. Talking to Mid-Day, he said, “My work [in the universe of Bunty Aur Babli] is done. It’s somebody else’s thought and story; he has written the script. So, let him do the sequel and I am sure he will make a good movie. I don’t have any regrets about not doing it. I was never meant to direct the sequel.”
Bunty Aur Babli, was woven around two small-town misfits Rakesh Trivedi (Abhishek) and Vimmi Saluja (Rani) who dream of becoming rich and famous and and to reach their aim turn to a life of fraud and become famous con artists. The sequel will take a leap of 10 years, from the time where the original ended.
Rani also featured in the original Bunty Aur Babli, alongside Abhishek Bachchan. In an earlier interview with Hindustan Times, she revealed that Abhishek was offered the sequel, but it did not work out.
“Abhishek and I were both approached to reprise our roles as the originals in Bunty Aur Babli 2 but, unfortunately, things didn’t work out with him and we will miss him dearly. As a team, we are so happy to welcome Saif. I have lovely memories of working with him and I’m really looking forward to creating something new and exciting with him in Bunty Aur Babli 2. Hopefully, the audiences will give us the same love that they have given our earlier films,” she said.
Meanwhile, debutant director Varun V Sharma has worked on earlier movies like Kill Dill (2014), Sultan (2016) and Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) in the past and also had written Salman Khan’s Bharat.