However, she is not reprising Juhi Chawla’s role
By Geety Sahgal
In what seems to be an interesting casting of sorts, film, television and theatre actress Usha Jadhav who won the National Award for her Marathi film, Dhag, is part of the cast of Bhootnath Returns. She is however not reprising Juhi Chawla’s role, who played a key character in the original film, as reported. “Bhootnath Returns is a not a remake of the original. It is a different story and we have introduced several new characters in the sequel. Usha Jadhav is one of these characters. She is, however, not playing the part that Juhi Chawla played in the original,” said Bhushan Kumar who is co-producing the film with Ravi Chopra’s son Abhay Chopra.
Nitesh Tiwari, who had co-directed the delightful Chillar Party, is helming the horror comedy which has Amitabh Bachchan playing the protagonist. The cast also includes Boman Irani. The shooting of the film is in progress in suburban Mumbai and is expected to wrap up in the first week of February. Bhootnath Returns is slated to release on April 11.
Excited to work with Big B
By Namita Nivas
The shooting of Bhootnath Returns which began in November 2013 is now 80 per cent complete. National Award winning Marathi actress, Usha Jadhav, plays the role of the mother of Parth, the boy who gets friendly with the ghost played by Amitabh Bachchan. Though touted to be a sequel to the 2008 Bhootnath, Jadhav says it is a fresh story with her playing a widow. Excited about the project, she says, “Firstly, it was the excitement of working with Mr Bachchan, secondly the banner, then a good script followed by a fantastic role.”
Jadhav earlier had shared screen space with Bachchan in a KBC ad. She was also seen in a cameo in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Traffic Signal.
Prateik’s next, a film on male bonding
Prateik, who was last seen in Issaq, the intense love story based on Romeo Juliet, is now gearing up for his next project. Yet untitled, it is an action drama on male bonding and also stars film and theatre actor Namit Das who was seen in films like Wake Up Sid, Ghanchakkar and Lafangey Parindey. To be directed by a debutant director, it will be shot in Lucknow, and is most likely to take off by the end of January or early February. However, details about the project and who will helm the film has been kept under wraps.
Meanwhile, Prateik’s project called Rum Pum Posh with Karan Kundra has been shelved. The actor had tweeted. @prateikbabbar: sad news to share..rum pum posh the film has been stalled due to financial complications. but im not going anywhere..more brilliant films coming your way..real soon :)..keep that faith