Sunny moving out of comfort zone for ‘Bhaiyaaji’: Director
New Delhi: Director Neeraj Pathak, who is reuniting with Sunny Deol in ‘Bhaiyaaji Superhit’, said the actor is working extremely hard to reinvent himself for the comic action film. Neeraj, who made his directorial debut with ‘Right Yaaa Wrong’ starring Sunny, said the 55-year-old actor is playing’the double role of a `desi` don and a Punjabi actor from Canada.
"I was going through a lot of story ideas before pitching the right one to Sunny. He liked the idea of `Bhaiyaaji Superhit`. This is a completely different genre and setting for him as well as me. Both of us are moving out of our comfort zones for the film," Neeraj said.
Initially, the first draft of the script started with a single character and there was no double role angle but Neeraj said that bit came in as an afterthought.
"To begin with, there was no double role angle to it. On further brainstorming we thought why don`t we go ahead and make this a double role? Sunny liked this as well and asked me to develop it further," Neeraj said.
The director, who wrote the screenplay of ‘Apne’ starring Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby, said his association with Sunny is more personal than professional.
"We share a great bond. I love him as a person while he takes care of me as a younger brother and friend. I have all relationships included in just one relationship, be it as a friend or a mentor. "I have told Sunny that till my last breath, whenever I would make a movie I would offer it to him first. After that it would be his choice whether he wants to take them or not," he said.
‘Bhaiyaaji Superhit’ also stars Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Prakash Raj and Ameesha Patel in pivotal roles.
"Arshad is playing a fantastic character. He would be one of the major highlights of the film. He has never worked with Sunny despite being in the industry for a decade and a half. They would definitely make for a great combination. As for Tusshar, his comic timing is a known fact. He is playing a Bengali writer in the film," Neeraj said.
Though the film will hit screens early next year, Neeraj is happy that the film is already in news be it for Sunny`s look or for its appealing starcast.
"The title suits the genre really well. There is a smile that is bound to come on just hearing the title. I guess that`s half the battle won when the title is good and the star cast is impressive. We are sure that this film is going to hit the bull`s eye," he added.