In a thrilling casting coup, Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji, the much-loved on-screen couple (Hum Tum, Ta Ra Rum Pum) are back together in Yash Raj Films remake Bunty Aur Babli 2. Saif plays the role of Rakesh aka Bunty in this comedy and he quietly gained several kilos to play the role of a railway ticket collector in the idyllic small town of Fursatganj in this film.
Saif as Bunty has retired from being a thug and settled into family life with Babli aka Vimmi, played by Rani. Despite loving his wife and deeply appreciating his family, Rakesh is bored as hell. The slow life of a small town has affected his fitness. He craves the thrill, he craves the adrenaline rush felt as he overcomes the incredible opposition across India. He is stuck in a rut.
Saif says, “Not a day goes by without Rakesh missing the thrill he felt when he was the legendary conman Bunty. Though he has kept his identity a secret and enjoys his marriage with Vimmy, he misses the action, misses strategizing for cons that became the talk of the nation. Suppressing who he truly is and wants to be, impacts his health.”
He adds, “I had to put on several kilos and then lose it quickly because of my packed shooting schedule. Now, when I look back, I’m glad I went through the process because Rakesh aka the OG Bunty looks believable in the film. He is a family man, who has quit conning people. He has settled down. He is endearing, his struggles are real. He was a legend and now he is a nobody. He craves to be known and that’s what makes him disappointed about how his life has shaped up. He wants to feel important.”
Bunty Aur Babli 2 is an out-and-out family entertainer starring Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Siddhant Chaturvedi and extremely talented debutante Sharvari. It is set to release worldwide on November 19, 2021. Bunty Aur Babli 2, directed by Varun V Sharma (who serves as an assistant director in YRF’s biggest blockbusters Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai), will also feature an incredibly fresh pairing of Siddhant. and Sharvari as the new talented thieves Bunty Aur Babli. The trailer of Bunty Aur Babli 2 will release on Monday, October 25.