Nawazuddin Siddiqui is joining Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon, Riteish Deshmukh, Pooja Hegde, Bobby Deol and Kriti Kharbanda at a city studio to shoot for a special song in Housefull 4. On Monday, the actor who plays a baba living in a den with 300 disciples in the sequence, started shooting for his portion with the team at Filmcity.
According to a source close to the development, it’s “more of a proper role than a mere song appearance”. “As an exorcist he brings an important twist in the plot. On the first day of the shoot, Nawaz shot for his conversational scenes with the cast in his special look which requires a lot of make-up. The schedule will go on for another four days,” the source revealed, adding that the day ended on a sweet note as producer Sajid Nadiadwala and director Farhad Samji joined the cast to celebrate Nawazuddin’s 45th birthday with a cake.
Informing that the sequence is mounted on a big scale, the source added, “The set-up features hundreds of fake skulls, some of which were used by the designing team to construct a throne. The three-storey building which is the residence of Nawaz’s character has been designed with a lot of attention to detail.”
On Monday, Akshay, who also had a visitor in cricketer-friend Shikhar Dhawan on the set, shared a picture with the caption, “HouseFull of Thrones. Who Lives, Who Dies… Only the Script Decides,” fueling speculation that the makers are parodying the hit American show Game of Thrones with their song. However, the source denied it, saying, “No, there’s nothing on those lines. It’s a fun song, and Akshay probably used the GoT reference as the entire world was discussing the finale.”
The reincarnation comedy is divided between two eras — modern and ‘Baahubali’, which is inspired by the SS Rajamouli hit. Primary shoot of the film wrapped up with the latter era in the UK in July last year while the flashbacks were canned in Rajasthan (September, 2018) and on a Mumbai set in October 2018. “With the ongoing shoot, a team is working on post-production to have it ready for a Diwali 2019 release as it is high on visual effects and Sajid doesn’t want to compromise on the scale,” the source said.