The weekend gone by was special for Sajid Khan. His Housefull 2 completed 50 days at the box office and is still running at many centers of the country. Not just that as he is going ahead full steam with Himmatwala, the shooting of which would begin in the second half of the year.
“For Sajid Khan the super success of Housefull 2 was very important since after Heyy Babyy and Housefull, he had to make it three in a row to prove that he could deliver what he promised”, says a friend of the director, “For Himmatwala he is gearing up well. Now that he has a hat trick of successes behind him, at least no one would challenge him for his claims when it comes to commercial cinema. In any case he had never bothered regarding what critics had to say about his films. Now with Housefull 2 crossing Rs. 175 crores in collections worldwide, there won’t be any noise at least till the release of Himmatwala.
With Ajay Devgn reprising the role played by Jeetendra in the original, Himmatwala goes on floors in the latter part of the year and would be released in 2013. Though there have been quite a few names being thrown around for the part of the leading lady, Sajid Khan as well as his producer Vashu Bhagnani are keeping all cards close to their chest before making a revelation. However, what Sajid is willing to promise is another commercial entertainer for the masses in the form of Himmatwala.
“See, the only rule that I have learnt ever since I started watching movies is that cinema should be only about entertainment. Each of my three films has been about entertainment and Himmatwala would be no different”, says Sajid.
As for Housefull 2 completing 50 days at the box office, especially in the times when films hardly stay in theatres beyond three weeks, Sajid is elated about the long run that the film has enjoyed.
“This goes on to show once again what the audience wants”, he says, “I feel that they should never be treated foolishly by thinking that they would buy anything. You have to treat them with a certain degree of respect and that’s what I have done in each of my films. I have never promised to change the way they live their lives. I won’t be doing that for Himmatwala either.”