Last yearâ€™s Ragini MMS turned out to be a sleeper hit and a sequel to the horror-thriller is set to go on the floors with adult film star Sunny Leone in the lead. Now, the latest news is that producer Ekta Kapoor has signed director Bhushan Patel, who debuted with 1920: Evil Returns, to helm theÂ sequel.
Apparently, Ekta was completely floored by the filmâ€™s promos when they first went on air. â€œRight then, she had decided that Bhushan (who is Vikram Bhattâ€™s protÃ©gÃ©) should direct the sequel. She is confident that Bhushan can do justice to the sequel, since itâ€™s also in the horror genre,â€ says an insider.
Bhattâ€™s production, 1920: Evil Returns, stars Tia Bajpai and Aftab Shivdasani and Bhushan says that he is overjoyed by the reaction the film has received from the audiences.
â€œItâ€™s overwhelming. To add to the excitement is this opportunity of directing Ragini MMS 2 with a production house as big as Balaji. I hope to re-create the magic with this film,â€ says Bhushan. Earlier, it was speculated that Vikram Bhatt might be a possible director for the sequel.
The film, in all likelihood, will kick off early next year with Sunny, who made her Bollywood debut this year with Pooja Bhattâ€™s dud, Jism 2.
â€œWhat started off as a humble experimental film has turned into a franchise called Ragini MMS. We liked the promos of 1920: Evil Returns and took a leap of faith in signing Bhushan. Given the filmâ€™s impressive box office performance (so far), it was the right decision,â€ says Tanuj Garg, CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures.