Sajid Nadiadwala and Riteish Deshmukh’s two-day long game of chess

Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull 4 recently kicked off its second schedule in Rajasthan. During the previous shoot in Ranthambore, the filmmaker and Riteish Deshmukh were seen playing their longest game of chess, which went on over two days! The duo, we hear, is so fond of playing this brainy game that the production team always carries a chess set whenever the two are around.

“Chess is Sajid and Riteish’s favourite board game. It has been a ritual to play when they are shooting ever since the inception of the Housefull franchise,” says a crew member, adding, “However, this time around, they played the longest game anyone of us has ever seen. They were seen getting out the chess board during breaks and even late into the night post the shoot. One game continued for over two days, but the rule is that after 50 moves, the match is a draw and that’s what happened when these two pitted their minds against each other.”

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Incidentally, it was after three decades that Nadiadwala was visiting the desert state. As our source recalls, “Sajid was stationed in Rajasthan when he was an AD on the sets of JP Dutta’s Ghulami (1985). Currently, Housefull 4 is being shot in Jaisalmer and Sajid will soon be joining them there, too.” Looks like Riteish and he will be seen racking their brains for another marathon round of chess!