Anees Bazmee could well be heaving a sigh of relief. His Welcome Back has finally released and a gap of four years since Ready (2011), a Rs. 100 crore affair with Salman Khan, has finally been closed. While the Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar and John Abraham starrer is also doing fantastic at the Box Office, the maker of Welcome and Singh Is Kinng has now moved on to his next.
"First to go on floors would be Aankhen 2 with Amitabh Bachchan. Yet again, Amitji would have company of three blind men. However, unlike the first in the franchise, they won't be Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal or Paresh Rawal. Instead, new actors would be stepping in," informs our source.
"My technicians are happy as they feel that at least these two films won't be as tiring as Welcome Back," smiles Bazmee, who spent over two years in making the multi-starrer, "I do understand where they are coming from because honestly, it is not easy to make multi-starrers; it is a very big challenge."
The filmmaker, who started with relatively smaller outings like Hulchul and Pyaar Toh Hona Hi Tha – both with Ajay Devgn – realizes that he cannot have another large gap between his two films, and a waiting period of four years for his next to release is a strict no-no.
"I have come to realize that your personal decision of sitting at home may not be productive for your team which is dependent on you," he feels, "After Ready, I worked on the script of Welcome Back and other films for long. Then I also got my daughter married. In between I also took my family for a Europe tour. I was busy but my team wasn't. Now I have to make sure that I do many more films which release one after another."
While Aankhen 2, a comedy and a romantic entertainer are on the radar, surprisingly No Entry Mein Entry – which is touted to bring back Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Fardeen Khan and as many as nine leading ladies – is not being talked about in the same breath.
Guess that's one (much awaited) multi-starrer that would have to wait!