Sajid Nadiadwala, the producer of the ‘Housefull’ series of films, has announced that the third film in the successful franchise will not be directed by Sajid Khan. Most in the industry believe, that Himmatwala’s dismal performance at the ticket window, cost Khan the third Housefull film.
But a source close to Nadiadwala says “It’s being blown out of proportions by the media. Sajid Khan was never meant to direct Housefull 3. He had a three film deal with Nadiadwala which started with Heyy Babyy and ended with Housefull 2.”
Ask him why the announcement has coincided with the release and eventual failure of Himmatwala, he says “Sajid (Nadiadwala) has been busy with Kick, which will mark his directorial debut. Only now did he get time to even think about the next Housefull film. Sajid Khan himself is busy with two films for UTV and Vashu Bhagnani.”
There are also rumours of Rajkumar Santoshi directing Housefull 3 and 4. Akshay Kumar and Ritesh Deshmukh have been retained, the rest of the cast is yet to be finalised. The shooting is expecting to begin early next year.