Producer Sajid Nadiadwala has bought the rights to the Cyndi Lauper cult song “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” which will be used in the film Housefull 3.
Originally penned and recorded by the American musician Robert Hazard in 1979, it is the Lauper single cover which released four years later that has stayed with Sajid for almost a quarter of a century.
“I heard it for the first time when I was in college and it stayed in my mind. “Saturday Night Fever” and “Girls Just Want To have Fun” are tracks we grew up dancing to and the moment I got a chance to use it in a film, andar ka armaan jaag utha. Fortunately, even my directors, Sajid-Farhad, agreed with my choice,” laughs the filmmaker.
Sajid admits that getting permission was a long and tedious process and required a lot of patience. “Even after we had got clearance, there was a lot of paperwork to be done. “I was on the edge because we had an expensive night shoot planned on the London Bridge with the three girls—Jacqueline Fernandez, Nargis Fakhri, Lisa Haydon– and did not want to start filming till we got the go-ahead, just in case. We didn’t even know that we needed fresh permission and had to pay extra to use the song separately in the trailer,” he recalls.
There was jubilation when it finally came through.
“The girls are sisters and important to the narrative. There’s the same element of fun that you see in the Cyndi Lauper video but we haven’t borrowed a single shot. Choreographer Ahmed Khan has his own take on the chart-topper,” he adds.
“Whether it was Deepika Padukone or Asin in the past or these three, the Housefull heroines have always been hip and happening. This time the sisters are based in the UK so we took actresses who have grown up abroad so they look, talk and behave right,” he reasons.
There’s talk that Sajid Khan will be back to helm Part 4? “Let’s keep this talk confined to three, shall we?” he retorts. “There’s time for four yet!”