He’s all set to move on to his next two projects Hera Pheri Part 4 and Thank You both with Akshay Kumar in the lead. While Hera Pheri Part 4 celebrates the return of the characters conceived by Priyadarshan with the Big B added into the comic brew to make the concoction caste-effective, Thank You which brings Akshay back together with his hit heroine Katrina Kaif is Anees’ most intensely romantic film to date.
Anees is not sure which one to go into next.
While Anees would like to get into the romantic mode apparently, Anees’s leading man Akshay is keen on a comedy.
Says the director, “Comedy is what sells these days. To make people laugh is a blessing and I’ve done it repeatedly without resorting to vulgarity. The script is ready. And this time apart from the regular Hera Pheri cast of Akshay, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal, I’ve also written a role especially for Amitji. He’ll play the catalyst in the comedy. It’s every director’s dream to work with Amitji and I’m no exception.”
However, Anees doesn’t want to be stereotyped as a comedy maker. “I’ve been in the business of writing and directing for more than 30 years. Apart from the comedies I’ve done some really romantic films like Pyar To Hona Hi Tha and It’s My Life which is ready for release. Thank You is my most personal and romantic subject to date. I’m bringing Akshay and Katrina together again. It’s to be produced by UTV.”
Though Anees is keen to start Thank You first, the pressure on the pasha of parody to do another comedy is high. And Hera Pheri Part 4 is certainly on the cards.
After De Dana Dan’s success however, it seems like comedy might be the option Anees will have to pick first.
“I’m fine with that,” says Anees. “I loved the first Hera Pheri film by Priyanji. But I must confess I didn’t like the second Hera Pheri film (Phir Hera Pheri directed by Neeraj Vora) that much.”
Chuckling on why the series has skipped the third segment and moved to the fourth Anees says, “Actually there’s an explanation in Hera Pheri Part 4 as to why Part 3 is missing. Just wait and see.”
One comedy that Anees is not doing as of now is the sequel to Singh Is Kinng. “I haven’t been approached for this at all,” he ends tersely.