Johny and Jamie Lever join Akshay’s squad

Johny Lever and Jamie Lever

The father-daughter duo of Johny and Jamie Lever has come together for the first time for Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull 4. The multi-starrer comedy is fronted by franchise regulars Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh and new additions Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Pooja Hegde and Kriti Kharbanda.

According to a source close to the development, Johny and his daughter, who has followed him into comedy, are a part of an important thread in the story. “Jamie would enact her scenes with her father to improve her comic timing. The script has her sharing screen space with Akshay and Riteish. It is a screenplay-driven humour, more in the situational comedy sphere, so it was all about getting the expressions right,” the source added.

The reincarnation comedy is divided in two eras and Jamie and Johny feature in both. “The Baahubali era is a set-up of huge palaces and heavy costumes for which the actors underwent a special makeover with an element of humour in it too,” the source informed.

A major chunk of Housefull 4 was shot in the UK, while the past-life sequences were recreated on a Mumbai set. “Sajid (Nadiadwala, producer) was keen to shoot the portions on a set as that would enable the director to capture the grandeur of the palace and give it a realistic touch. The visual effects are primarily being used in the long shots,” the source added.

Principal shoot of the film is complete, but the team might reunite for a brief patchwork schedule in the city. Director Farhad Samji is currently working on the edit with his visual effects team. The movie, which also stars Rana Daggubati and Chunky Pandey in pivotal roles, sees Akshay in the role of a barber in the Queen’s City.