Sanjay Dutt opts out, Nana Patekar steps in for Housefull 4

Nana Patekar joins the cast of Housefull 4

Sanjay Dutt,Nana Patekar Sanjay Dutt steps out, Nana Patekar steps in for Housefull 4 Source : Press

Earlier, there were reports about Sanjay Dutt joining the cast of Sajid Nadiadwala's comic caper Housefull 4 and as per the reports the actor has been ousted from the film. However, nobody had confirmed or denied the news so far, but a leading entertainment portal has confirmed that Sanjay Dutt is no longer the part of Housefull 4. Sources cite reason for Sanjay's ousted by stating that the actor has hiked his fee post the stupendous success of Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju.

As per the latest reports, Sanjay Dutt has been replaced by Nana Patekar in Housefull 4. Commenting on the development, a trade source said to a leading entertainment portal, "Nobody figured that Sanju would turn out to be such a huge success. The film has crossed Rs. 265 crore and still going strong at the box office. It has turned out to be a bonanza especially for Sanjay Dutt - on whose life the film is based on. Once the movie released, Dutt realized his commercial value has also increased. His brand value has gone up which is also the irony of his life - as a solo actor, none of his films did Rs. 100 crore business but a film based on his life, has earned almost Rs. 300 crore at the BO. Apparently, Dutt is said to receive huge royalty for Sanju as part of the profit-sharing deal which would amount to over Rs. 35-40 crore (including satellite and digital rights), apart from the film rights figure which is estimated at Rs. 10 crore (approx)."

Knowing that Sajid Nadiadwala is the close friend of Sanjay Dutt, reports about Sanjay Dutt walking out of the film came as a surprise. However, the producer Sajid Nadiadwala rubbishes rumours about approaching Sanjay Dutt for Housefull 4. He said, "I have not approached the film to Sanju (Sanjay Dutt) so where does this story arise? Nana has been signed long before Sanju (the movie's) release."

Adding further, a trade source said, "Nana's character had been kept under wraps as it's a never-seen-before, lovable, comic avatar and a far cry from the usual serious, intense roles that he does. He will join the cast and crew in London soon. Sajid Nadiadwala will make a formal announcement soon. It's an 18-day schedule in London which started from July 8th and the rest of the shoot will be completed in India."

The fourth installment of Housefull 4 is bankrolled by Sajid Nadiadwala productions. The film's first two parts were directed by Sajid Khan whereas Housefull 3 was directed by writer-filmmaker duo Sajid-Farhad.

Unlike Housefull's predecessors, Housefull 4 is the biggest among the series and will hit the theatre screens in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D. Kriti Sanon will be playing one of the female protagonists in the movie.