Remember the last scene of 3 Idiots? The one where Chatur extends a piece of paper to an unsuspecting Rancho and asks him to sign a ‘Declaration of Defeat’? As baffled and amused that he could possibly be in that particular situation, Rancho didn’t have a moment of hesitation in doing so because in his heart he truly believed that ‘aal was well’.
Now that was in reel life. Let’s rewind a bit now and go back to the summer of 2009. This is when a similar drama, though of a completely opposite kind, took place in real life on the first day of the shooting of Sajid Khan directed House Full. Confident about the journey that he was about to embark on and positive about its final outcome, Sajid wrote a personalised letter to each and every actor. What it stated was something plain and simple but carried its weight in gold. It said – ‘Welcome to the first day’s shoot of your career’s biggest hit’!
Now that’s quite a statement given the fact that the film boasts of a superstar like Akshay Kumar who has some of the most massive blockbusters behind him. Deepika Padukone began with none less than Om Shanti Om while others like Riteish Deshmukh, Arjun Rampal and Lara Dutta do boast of some good money spinners behind them. Moreover, producer Sajid Nadiadwala too has been around for more than 25 years and over this long period of time has accumulated several successful films in his kitty. And let’s not forget that a major part of this team has earlier delivered a solid hit in the form of Sajid Khan’s own Heyy Babyy.
In such a scenario, House Full being touted as the biggest hit for everyone involved does give a very good indication of the kind of confidence that Sajid is oozing with. No wonder, the filmmaker doesn’t hesitate in admitting that he did write a letter to all. “Whether it was Akshay, Deepika, Lara, Arjun, Riteish or Jiah (Khan), I wrote a personal note to all of them. That was my way of giving us all a good kick start to the beginning of the film’s shoot”, says Sajid who continues to carry a similar intuition till date even as the film’s release is round the corner.
Meanwhile, during his interaction with his cast and crew members of House Full, he also shared a similar vision that he has carried over the years. “I told them all that ‘Remember guys, we are making this film for audiences and not for ourselves. So let’s go out there and step into the shoes of those very people who are going to pay for the ticket and get into an auditorium to see what we had to offer. Let’s make a film that would be loved by the masses all around'”, fondly remembers Sajid who did a similar exercise for his debut film Heyy Babyy (2007) as well.
First major release of summer 2010, House Full would be seeing a massive theatrical release on Friday, 30th April, with paid previews a day earlier. The film would arrive at the time when IPL matches would be through. With music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, lyrics by Sameer and screenplay by Milap Zaveri, House Full stars Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Riteish Deshmukh, Arjun Rampal, Lara Dutta, Jiah Khan, Boman Irani, Chunkey Pandey and Randhir Kapoor in principal roles with Malaika Arora in a special appearance.