Anees Bazmee’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 has become a superhit across the country. The film has made its place in the 100 crore-club within only weeks of release. The film earned massive appreciation from the audiences and made its mark in the movie business. Speaking to Bollywood Hungama in an exclusive interview, Anees Bazmee talked about failure of Pagalpanti, and what was on his mind when he directed the recent Kartik Aaryan starrer.
“Wanted to make a horror film even kids”: Anees Bazmee on his vision for Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2
While talking to Bollywood Hungama, Anees was asked the failure of Pagalpanti, affected the making strategy of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. “Nahi, strategy mein koi badlav nahi tha, vohi mehnat, vohi imaandari, vohi sab. (No, it was the same hardwork and honesty.) When you take 200 people along with you, as a director you wish to achieve something. Sometimes, vo nahi kar paate hain, isliye ki 200-300 logon ko le kar ek vision pe le jaana, it is very challenging. (Sometimes, you fail because taking 200 to 300 people to a particular vision) I wanted to make a horror film that even kids can enjoy, and not get scared,” he surmised.
Elaborating about horror films, he said, “One can make a good horror film that make people scream and scare them. However, it has to be scary enough that kids can also enjoy it. I realised (with Bhool Bhulaiyaa) that kids feared Manjulika but also kind of excited. For a director, it is tough to execute what is on paper, but even tougher to execute what’s not on paper. A director’s vision of taking a whole team to the destination he wants to take the film at remains very tough.”
This is the first time Anees Bazmee has directed a horror comedy. The film’s predecessor Bhool Bhulaiyaa was a smashing hit and starred Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal, Shiney Ahuja, Manoj Joshi, Rajpal Yadav among several other actors. This recent Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani starrer might actually become his highest grosser that Bollywood may have seen in a long while.
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