All in a Night’s Work

Hriday Shetty calls himself a curious filmmaker. One of his curiosities led him to the question about night duties of policemen and what is it that they do at night. It was a simple line of thought, one that towed in a never-before attempted idea. "So, we got down to pen a script and make a film on the same," says Shetty, who is hoping to break the January jinx and release Chaalis Chauraasi, on Friday the 13th next month.

A "humour crime genre", as he calls it, the film revolves around four cops on night duty. "It's one big rollercoaster ride, except that it takes place in a police van," says the filmmaker, who has made films like Pyaar Mein Twist and Plan. "I never stick to one genre. If Pyaar was about older people falling in love, Plan was an action-thriller, and now this one is humour in uniform," says Shetty, filmmaker Rohit Shetty's brother and son of legendary stunt director of the '70s, MB Shetty.

The cast comprises "the item boy of the year" Naseeruddin Shah, who leads the posse of policemen, Atul Kulkarni as Bhaskar Sardesai who feels he could've been a big playback singer but ended up as a man in uniform, Kay Kay Menon as Albert Pinto, an on-the edge cop, and Ravi Kishen, a dedicated policeman as Shakti Chinappa. "Together, the four are a riot," says Shetty. Chaalis Chauraasi refers to the "leading lady of the film", which just happens to be a police van, with the registration number MH-02-A- 4084.

"The film has these four on a mission of their own. It goes hilariously wrong, and turns out to be one adventurous night ride," says Shetty about the film, which has been produced by Maask Entertainment Pvt Ltd in association with Filament Glo (India) Pvt Ltd.

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