When producer Ratan Jain approached Shilpa Shetty Kundra for ‘Hungama 2’, her first reaction was, “How can I be paired opposite Pareshji [Rawal]? He has played my father in a movie!” Her initial shock soon gave way to excitement as the producer familiarised her with the premise of the comedy. “The story revolves around a man who is insecure about his wife who is 15-20 years younger than him. When I heard the story, it made sense [to portray Rawal’s wife]. Then, I was told they were planning to reprise Chura ke dil mera [her song from Main Khiladi Tu Anari]. After that, I couldn’t say no,” laughs Shetty.
While the Disney+ Hotstar film — also starring Meezaan and Pranitha Subhash — revolves around an older man romancing a younger woman, Hindi cinema hasn’t fully explored the theme of an older woman-younger man relationship.
Shetty, who enjoyed success in the late ’90s and early 2000s, believes she has better command over her craft today as she returns to movies 14 years after Apne (2007).