Anees Bazmee On Why Akshay Kumar Not In Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, ‘He Is Too Big For These Small Things’

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Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is breaking shatters at the box office. The film has filled a long time drought in Bollywood. Kartik Aaryan, a self-made actor is getting praised all over.  Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 has hit the ball out of the park. Directed by Anees Bazmee, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is a horror-comedy film that also stars Kiara Advani, Tabu, Rajesh  Sharma, Rajpal Yadav, and Sanjay Mishra.

Anees Bazmee has made movies like No Entry, Welcome, Singh is Kinng, Ready, and Mubarakan. In a recent interview, Anees Bazmee talked about why Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan are not part of this film. When asked why Anees Bazmee tried Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, a horror comedy for the first time? He said,

“To survive! If I don’t make films, what will I do? One needs to work today to keep doing something different.”

Kartik Aaryan Kiara Advani Tabu Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2
Bhool Bhulaiya 2 / Poster

On asking, how challenging to make a sequel to the iconic Bhool Bhulaiyaa? Anees said that the original film is ‘so brilliant,’ and the story is worth a fresh retelling. He added,

“Bhool Bhulaiyaa is a beautiful film. When someone makes a film based on an original, it is because the original film has received a lot of love, and it has a good reputation. Our Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is made in the Bhool Bhulaiyaa universe but is completely independent even as a sequel. Why we name it Bhool Bhulaiyaa? Listening to the film’s title, people will want to watch it. When it comes to the story, it (Bhool Bhulaiyaa) was a completely different story and ours is totally different than that, we haven’t started the film where Bhool Bhulaiyaa ended. We don’t even have the same characters. It is a totally fresh story.”

“It was very difficult to make this film, and I’ll be very honest about it. Bhool Bhulaiyaa was such a huge success, so when I was asked to make this film, I started feeling the stress. As it was such a beautiful film, people’s expectations from our film are much higher, and there will be comparison too. So, I was very sure of what things I wanted to retain from the film and what will definitely not be a part of our film. Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is not a psychological thriller, unlike the original.”

He also talked about retaining a few elements from the original film. Anees added,

“Of course, we have brought back a few things from Bhool Bhulaiyaa. I haven’t only got Monjolika back, I’ve brought back the two songs — Aami Je Tomar and Teri Aankhein Bhool Bhulaiyaa. I’ve got the ghungroo sound too and of course the haveli and Rajpal Yadav. And I won’t call it a copy, these things have inspired us and we wanted to adapt it in our film in our own way. We have tried, then when you see our film, you’ll remember the film but also feel that it is a fresh new film.”

Akshay Kumar Fees

Anees Bazmee also shared why Akshay Kumar is not part of the film? He also addressed the rumors that Akshay demanded hefty fees for the film. Anees said,

“Akshay is too big for these small things. Akshay Kumar cannot be replaced, and he knows that he is not replaced in this film. Akshay has a great body of work over 25 years. Akshay is doing comedy, he is dancing, he is doing action, he is doing everything, he is getting offered the kind of films he wants. So, it is a very small thing for him to do or not do Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. But of course, if he was in our film, and if our story would have permitted that, then I am sure (he would have done it). We share a great relationship and friendship. I had directed Welcome and Singh Is King with him. We share a great rapport and I would love to work with him again.”

He also gave an update on the most awaited film No Entry sequel. Anees concluded by saying,

“Inshallah, work on that film will also start! I guess every film takes its own time and this will start soon.”

So far, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 has collected approximately 66.71 crores in just 4 days and is doing strong at the box office.

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