By RAHUL RAUT

If the latest buzz in the industry circles is to be believed, the recently announced ‘Housefull 4’ will be one of the most expensive films coming from Bollywood. The makers have reportedly planned to mount this fourth instalment on a gigantic scale and for that, they have propelled the estimated budget of whopping INR200 crores.

Sajid Nadiadwala

‘Housefull 4’ will bring back the entire congregation of the last three movies’ cast. From Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez to Abhishek Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh and even Rishi Kapoor, Boman Irani and Chunkey Pandey will be roped in for this big-budget gala comedy.

Sajid Nadiadwala who is producing ‘Housefull 4’ under his banner, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment confirmed the news, saying: “Yes, that’s right. We intend to bring back the entire cast from earlier Housefull films. Of course, Jia Khan is no longer with us, God bless her soul. But all the rest are on.”

Nadiadwala also claimed that the fourth Housefull movie will be the most ambitious project ever by his production house and it will give ‘Baahubali’ feel when it unfolds on the big screen in Diwali 2019. “We’re looking ahead at making the most expensive comedy ever to come out of our production house. Housefull 4 will be set in two time zones. One will be the current times and the other in an era like Baahubali’s, where all the characters will get into costumes. That segment will be shot on the same scale as Baahubali.”

Not only this, if a source is to be believed, many technicians from the original Baahubali team have also been roped in for this movie to create the period era as successfully as in the SS Rajamouli film. In addition, the film is yet another multi-starrer in the Housefull franchise and since it is a star-studded affair, you can well imagine quite some chunk of the budget also been kept aside for their remuneration,” the source said.

‘Housefull 4’ revolves around the theme of reincarnation. Although reincarnation-themed movies is an old tradition in Indian films, it hasn’t been seen explored much in the comedy genre. When Nadiadwala was asked how the reincarnation idea of the new instalment came to his mind, he revealed: “I thought we’ve seen so many serious, intense romantic movies on the theme of reincarnations — Madhumati, Karz and others. Why not a funny take on punar Janam? That was my idea and I shared it with my story writers. I thought they’d take at least a year or two to crack it, but they came up with a terrific plot in no time. So yeah, here we are, all set to do a rip-roaring take on reincarnation.”

The scripting of the film has almost completed and the pre-production will soon begin. “Housefull is a franchise of fun. So in the fourth part, we have a funny thematic twist as the plot is that of reincarnation,” Nadiadwala promised.