Actor-producer Akshay Kumar on Saturday unveiled the trailer of THE SHAUKEENS, the remake of 1982 classic, SHAUKEEN, directed by the legendary comedy specialist Basu Chatterjee, who gave several comedies like CHHOTI SI BAAT (1976),BATON BATON MEIN (1979) KHATTA MEETHA (1977)CHAMELI KI SHAADI ( 1986).
The much anticipated trailer launch was studded with the entire star cast, Annu Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Piyush Mishra, Anupam Kher along with the director and the dazzling beauty Lisa Haydon, who plays the lead heroine. Lisa Haydon has just come to fame with her role in the movie QUEEN.
The trailer depicted Akhsay Kumar in a new light, as he plays an alcoholic version of himself. Akshay Kumar, who plays a special appurtenance in the movie, dedicated the trailer to the original SHAUKEEN directed Basu Chatterjee.
Readers may recall the original version had Bollywood veterans Ashok Kumar, Utpal Dutt and A.K.Hangal, the three lecherous old men, who go out on a trip to Goa to have fun with a club dancer Rati Agnihotri. Mithun Chakraborty was the hero, who is driver, who takes the three men to Goa.
The new version is written by Tigmanshu Dhulia and looks promising with punchy one liners, fresh comical situations and Lisa Haydon's sizzling screen presence.
Tigmanshu, speaking about the film said it was difficult to crack Mithun's character in the film. He informed, "I was wondering who could play the Mithun Chakraborty's character in the film, then I thought who better than Akshay Kumar. Akshay Kumar is the biggest star and is famous for comedy movies.”
Akshay Kumar, who will be seen in a special appearance said, “I am playing a special appearance in the film. I am playing myself in the film and the only thing that was added in my character was that I am shown as an alcoholic in the movie which is different from my real life character. I had a great time shooting for this film," He added, “But it's my film and I am happy about it and I will support the film in every way.”
The movie is directed by Abhishek Sharma, he said, “I have managed to tickle the funny bone and give a new lease comedies in Bollywood.”
Lisa Haydon, the heroine said, “I am extremely excited about ‘Shaukeen’. Working with all the veterans like Anupam Kher, Piyushji, Annu Kapoor was super fun. It was a learning experience for me and I feel blessed to be part of ‘Shaukeen’ remake.”