What happened was that Pankaj Parashar who had directed the original, wasn’t a part of Shetty’s ambition, had created a script and landed up at T-Series office to have his story and screenplay greenlit which he claims is not a remake. Talking to ETimes this evening, Parashar said, “You can’t show basti and chaabuk in today’s times. This time it’s 80 per cent in London. We haven’t decided when we’ll take off, it depends on the COVID scenario.”
T-Series who has the music rights of the original can use some songs from the late 80s film. “Yes. Let’s see what we can do with the music which is a rage even today. It will be a pleasant surprise to everyone,” Parashar quipped.
The ‘Chaalbaaz’ and ‘Chaalbaaz in London’ director said that Shraddha’s performance in ‘Baaghi’ won her this role. “Shraddha has 64M followers on Insta, isn’t she hugely popular? But it is always the performance of an actor that he/she has given in a film or audition that gravitates the maker towards the actor. I loved Shraddha in that scene from Sajid Nadiadwala’s ‘Baaghi’ (directed by Ahmed Khan) wherein she changes from one character- two diametrically opposite behaviours- to another in a flash of a second.”
Added Parashar, “I know Shraddha’s uncle Tutu Sharma very well. Tutu and his wife Padmini Kolhapure (Shraddha’s aunt) are family to me.
Shakti Kapoor is a dear friend. So it wasn’t tough to reach Shraddha. In fact, I know her since she was a kid. I still remember she coming for the special screening of ‘Rajkumar’ (Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit) in 1996 that I made; she was just 9 years-old then. But let me tell you she just freaked out when I had given her a narration for barely 30 minutes. She was bowled over by the action parts too, for which she will soon start preparing.”
Is Shraddha’s father, Shakti Kapoor, a part of the film? Shakti was a part of ‘Chaalbaaz’. Replied Parashar, “Yes, he is. It’s a guest appearance, though.”
“People should stop even thinking that ‘Chaalbaaz in London’ is similar to ‘Chaalbaaz’. I repeat, it is not. Think of it, it’s quite a challenge for me. When I decided to make ‘Chaalbaaz’, several people from oar fraternity told me that why was I going into the ‘Seeta aur Geeta’ zone. but I was unperturbed,” he concluded.