Now that the promos of this Sajid Khan directed family entertainer have caught full steam ever since they were unleashed first close to one and a half months back, one can't help but wonder if there are any similarities whatsoever with Garam Masala here. After all just like the Priyadarshan comedy which had Akshay Kumar juggling between three girlfriends, this time around he has an even bigger problem in hands with as many as three wives (Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, Jiah Khan).
"Come on now, Sajid Khan would never copy anything", comes an immediate reaction from Akshay who is currently stationed in Canada and shooting for Anees Bazmee's Thank You, "As for the plot of Housefull, you have to seriously wait for the film to release and then find out that how a 35 year old man (the character played by him), who has never had a girlfriend before in his life, ends up in a very difficult yet entirely innocent three lady dilemma."
"You'll never guess how or why, so don't bother, because this can only be Sajid's magic mind at work", laughs Akshay.
Well, one tends to trust Akshay when he says that. After all along with Sajid, he has worked in Heyy Babyy, three years back which was the biggest ever hit for a debutant director at that time. One tends to ask the actor though that when Sajid came up with the idea of Housefull, was he game for it there and then or did he actually wait for him to come back with a complete bound script and then consent to the film.
"Na na, not at all", says Akshay in obvious fondness for the filmmaker, "My heart and soul is wherever Sajid's is. He had me completely sold on Housefull the first time he gave me just a solitary scene idea. That man is mad. He is not only the funniest guy that I have ever met; he also carries tremendous confidence with him. No one can touch him and even if you were to try and mess with his logic, he will whip the carpet from underneath you."
In awe of the positive energy that Sajid carries, Akshay adds, "He is someone who will never agree that the glass is half empty. Instead, he will fill it with rocks just to prove you wrong. Well, of course unless it's his sister Farah, he shuts the hell up. But then we all do when it comes to Farah!"
Now that the film is barely 10 days away from release, one gets an impression - as rightly conveyed throughout the promotion of the film - that Housefull is a 'class meets mass' affair. Is that the right way to describe it?
"I couldn't have put it better myself", smiles Akshay, "I know for a fact that kids are going to love it, boyfriends will totally get it, girlfriends will cry in all the right places, aunties and uncles will be on the floors, and mothers will be tickled pink. All said and done, if we can make the Queen of England laugh, I'm sure India will be in stitches. Well, see how Sajid Khan is rubbing off on me now (winks)."