New Delhi, Oct. 31 -- One of the biggest challenges for any filmmaker who is attempting to direct a remake of an old classic film is to make it relevant in the present context. The Shaukeens, which releases on November 7, may be a remake of the 1982 classic, but writer Tigmanshu Dhulia and director Abhishek Sharma have set it apart by making it one of the quirkiest comedies in recent times.
For starters, the script and cliches of the 1982 version were thrown out of the window. "We had three senior actors (Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Piyush Mishra) doing everything that seniors in Bollywood films aren't supposed to do," says director Abhishek Sharma.
The film's producers, Murad Khetani and Ashwin Warde believe that Lisa Haydon's character not only increases the 'hot' quotient of the film, but her character will also be remembered for her unabashed comedy. "Her childlike innocence combined with her sex-appeal is what highlights her quirky character," adds Varde.
Akshay Kumar is the final piece in the jigsaw puzzle. He has a special appearance in the film. "Akshay will be playing himself. The industry's fittest actor is playing an alcoholic in the film. Not just that, he has anger issues too," laughs Abhishek while describing Akshay's role. Writer Tigmanshu adds, "Being so quirky is what differentiates The Shaukeens from the rest. It's the youngest film I've written."