Badhaai Ho is back, this time as Badhaai Do
After the blockbuster winner of the National Prize Badhaai ho , Junglee Pictures brings the second part of this franchise titled, Badhaai Do. As the name suggests, Badhaai Do is a family comedy that revolves around an unlikely relationship and promises double the fun and emotions. While the story and characters of Badhaai Do are different from that of Badhaai ho , there is an endearing common theme between both the films.Helmed by prolific ad filmmaker and director of Hunterrr (2015), Harshavardhan Kulkarni , the film will bring to the screen the new couple of the National Award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao and performer Bhumi Pednekar . Rajkummar plays the role of a Delhi policeman, who is the only male police officer in a mahila thana, while Bhumi plays the role of a school physical education teacher, for the stress of his family. Unlike the other, but made for each other, the film is about the nonsense they follow when they meet and their lives are intertwined in more ways than one.
Director Harshavardhan Kulkarni says, “I have always admired the kind of films that Junglee Pictures has made, so when they came to me with this social comedy, I was instantly on board. Just like the delightful Badhaai ho , the milieu of this film remains the same, but with a fresh set of characters and a completely new, zanier situation.”
Akshat Ghildial, who wrote Badhaai ho and won awards for its crackling dialogues, is penning this one too, along with Suman Adhikary whom the idea originally came from. Akshat said, “Suman came up with this interesting idea, and since I have a great relationship with Junglee, I shared it with them. They liked it immediately. And then, Harsh came on board. We had great fun developing it and hope that the audience has an equally good time watching it.”
Talking about her role, Bhumi says, “ Badhaai ho is one of my favourite films in recent times, and it is really exciting to take this franchise forward. For me, the script is one of the best that I have ever come across, and I immediately wanted to do this film. My character again is strong, independent and author-backed, and it gives me a lot of scope to bring a very different and cool character to life. This time, too, the film will say something extremely relevant and relatable, but in a hilarious manner. I’m also excited to share screen space with Raj for the first time” Rajkummar adds, “I have played a cop before, but never with this perspective. I look for layered characters and this is a perfect match. My character is surrounded by strong women at home and work, and that adds immense depth to his personality. Junglee Pictures ’ Bareilly Ki Barfi It was a fabulous experience for me. Badhaai Do is a meeting in many ways.
Amrita Pandey, CEO, Junglee Pictures , said, “ Junglee Pictures believes in telling rooted Indian stories that not only entertain you, but also move you in many ways. Badhaai ho was just that for us. And that being a high-concept comedy, it was logical for us to expand the canvas to tell more such stories. Cultivating the right synergy on films like these is the key, and with Akshat and Suman’s writing and Harsh’s vision, Badhaai Do is really one of the best stories for us to tell.” The film is all set to go on floors in June and to release by early next year.