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Director Priyadarshan doesn’t ‘blame’ Ayushmann Khurrana, Kartik Aaryan and Sidharth Malhotra for refusing ‘Hungama 2’

In an earlier interview, Priyadarshan had said that Ayushmann Khurrana, Kartik Aaryan and Sidharth Malhotra rejected ‘Hungama 2’.

Director Priyadarshan doesn't 'blame' Ayushmann Khurrana, Kartik Aaryan and Sidharth Malhotra for refusing 'Hungama 2'

Ayushmann Khurrana, Kartik Aaryan, Priyadarshan (File photos)

Updated: Jul 6, 2021, 09:06 PM IST

Director Priyadarshan is all set for the release of his film ‘Hungama 2’. He has previously talked about how actors such as Ayushmann Khurrana, Kartik Aaryan and Sidharth Malhotra have rejected ‘Hungama 2’ which is a sequel to his hit 2003 comedy ‘Hungama’ starring Akshaye Khanna, Paresh Rawal, Aftab Shivdasani and Rimi Sen.

In a recent interview, Priyadarshan said that he doesn’t ‘blame’ these actors for not wanting to work with him. He also stated that he doesn’t face this problem in the South film industry as ‘they know more’ about him.

In an interaction with The Quint, Priyadarshan said, ”I don’t face it in the south, because they know more about me. But here, I don’t blame them for refusing, because if an actor doesn’t feel confident about a director, they shouldn’t do the film. Because then there will not be a comfortable interaction. Maybe these boys are more comfortable working with the new school; I belong to the old-school.”

The director, however, noted that he recently won a National Film Award so he still must be good at his work. “See, it’s a question of, of course, they think that we don’t update. But I keep updating everything… So if you ask me, the film Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea, which won the National Award for best feature of this year, so if I can win the National Award for best film of this year, I’m still good,” he said. 

In an earlier interview with a leading news agency, Priyadarshan had opened up on how Ayushmann and Kartik refused to work in ‘Hungama 2’. He said, “I didn’t go directly to meet them but my concept was narrated to a lot of actors like Ayushmann Khurrana, Kartik Aaryan and Sidharth Malhotra. They all refused to do the film. Now, I am working with Meezaan. They all refused because maybe they thought I am an outdated director, because I was out of the Hindi film industry for five years.”

Set for an OTT release, ’Hungama 2’ will premiere on Disney+ Hotstar on July 23. The film marks actor Shilpa Shetty’s comeback in films after a decade. The film also stars Meezaan Jaffrey, Paresh Rawal and Pranitha Subhash. It also features the kings of India’s comedy scene – Johny Lever, Rajpal Yadav and Ashutosh Rana.

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