The film is slated to be released on 4 September 2021, the late actor's birth anniversary.
Paresh Rawal to step in for Rishi Kapoor in the unfinished Sharmaji Namkeen
Mumbai - 18 Jan 2021 7:30 IST
Actor Paresh Rawal has stepped in to complete Rishi Kapoor's unfinished film Sharmaji Namkeen. Kapoor died of cancer in April last year before filming could be completed. Rawal will complete his portion.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the news on Twitter. He also revealed that the film is slated to be released on 4 September, Kapoor's birth anniversary.
PARESH RAWAL TO COMPLETE RISHI KAPOOR'S PORTIONS... Since the shoot of #RishiKapoor's last film #SharmajiNamkeen is pending, #PareshRawal has agreed to complete the remainder of the film *in the same role*... The film will release on 4 Sept 2021, #RishiKapoor's birth anniversary. pic.twitter.com/Gf3AuE9mQV— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) January 15, 2021
Sharmaji Namkeen is being directed by first-time filmmaker Hitesh Bhatia and produced by Farhan Akhtar's Excel Entertainment.
Earlier, co-producer Honey Trehan had told the Mid-Day newspaper that the film would be completed using 'advanced technology and VFX'.
Rishi Kapoor had shot for most of his portions in January last year and the producers were planning to shoot the rest in March, but that plan had to be scrapped on account of the countrywide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19. Rishi Kapoor's last on-screen appearance was in The Body (2019).
Sharmaji Namkeen also stars Juhi Chawla and actor Gufi Paintal. The team is ready to resume shooting soon and hopes to release the film on 4 September, Rishi Kapoor's birth anniversary.