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Imran Khan on playing a gangster, the decline of villainy

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Imran Khan with his fair, scrubbed clean looks and casual chic is closer to a preppie than say, a rapper. Imran Khan with his fair, scrubbed clean looks and casual chic is closer to a preppie than say, a rapper.
SummaryImran Khan with his fair, scrubbed clean looks and casual chic is closer to a preppie than say, a rapper.

I got from it (OUTIMD) what I haven’t got from several films I have done recently — an emotional story. Young directors often shy away from emotions; they are afraid to turn the volume to say, level 10. But OUATIMD, at a script level, moved me.

I have become a huge fan because Akshay is a very happy, uncomplicated person. He doesn’t carry his stardom like a baggage and would invariably give me tips. Though he does not go by the book, he has an instinctive way for achieving a particular scene

>Imran Khan with his fair, scrubbed clean looks and casual chic is closer to a preppie than say, a rapper. Or for that matter, a gangster. But this year, in keeping with the young brigade’s overtures towards the hinterland audience, Khan’s choice of films are something of a departure from the urbane romcoms he has become the posterboy for.

Early this year he starred in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola, while later this week he has Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara (OUATIMB)coming up. Strangely, he was almost reluctant to sign up for the film. “I went in not intending to do the film. But because a big director and producer was involved, I took the script along with me when I went shooting for Matru. I began reading it on a day off and found it very interesting in that I got from it what I haven’t got from several films I have done recently— an emotional story. Young directors often shy away from emotions; they are afraid to turn the volume to say, level 10. But OUATIMD, at a script level, moved me. I had enjoyed the first one so when I heard that they were making a sequel, I was wondering what they would do with it but on reading the script, I was convinced about the film. It’s the same team so they have treated the characters with great care,” recalls the actor. This film, says Khan was like living out his Bollywood fantasies — walking around like a dude with guns !

That the film, a sequel to Luthria’s earlier gangster outing is set 15 years from where the first film ended, besides having seasoned star Akshay Kumar for company, did not deter Khan. So Emraan Hashmi’s character has now matured into Akshay Kumar and Imran, who plays Aslam is

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