Bollywood director Sanjay Chhel was looking out to write a famile comedy about two warring ‘frenemies’ he turned to Tom and Jerry for inspiration. Once the screenplay was ready, he took it to Paresh Rawal, an acquaintance from Chhel’s theatre days.
“Fortunately, Paresh bhai liked the character. After that I took the other diametrically different role to Rishi Kapoor, who was hooked when he learnt that Paresh bhai and he’d be co-stars. He directed Paresh bhai in Aa Ab Laut Chalen and was excited at the prospect of sharing screen space with him,” reminisces the writer-director while talking about his yet-untitled project which stars Vir Das and debutante Payal Ghosh in the romantic lead.
“They are both businessmen but are poles apart and share a similar love-hate relationship. While one is colourful, flamboyant and larger-than-life, the other is traditionally conservative,” says Chhel.
This scene which shows Rishi trying to hose down Paresh was filmed in Surat in February. It was a wintery day, yet Paresh had no objections to getting a cold shower for the shot. “It’s a pleasure to work with actors like him and Rishi Kapoor who give one-shot-takes. Their chemistry will be clear for all to see onscreen,” says Chhel.