Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai will have the daring Abhay Deol bare his torso, something similar to Ranbir Kapoor’s “Saawariya” act. The difference is, it was a towel for Ranbir, it’ll be a lungi for Abhay.
Abhay Deol essays the role of a IAS officer from Tamil nadu.
“It’s not a towel… It’s a south Indian lungi,” Abhay Deol said, at a press conference on Monday.
It is heard that Abhay was not very comfortable with the idea of wearing just a lungi.
“I cried many days that why you’re making me wear this… but then we decided to go with it. I told Dibakar to take care of the lighting… that’s all,” said the 36-year-old.
In Shanghai, one will not get to see a pumped up Abhay. The actor has kept his physique normal.
“Dibakar said I shouldn’t go and make a gym body with six packs. He said – ‘Be athletic, keep your physique as it is, don’t pump yourself with steroids otherwise you won’t look like an IAS officer for sure’,” Abhay said.
Focussing more on the scene, rather than Abhay’s body, Dibakar said,
“While filming that scene, we weren’t really thinking what Abhay would look like because it was a one-take scene when a burning brick wrapped in cloth and kerosene oil had to crash in through a window to the left of Abhay and landing to Abhay’s right side, and keep burning. There were three risks – it could have hit Abhay, it could have hit the camera or it could have hit the laptop in front of Abhay.
“We were really nervous about it. So that time how Abhay looked hardly mattered. But in fact, I remember I wanted him to grow a slight paunch for it… I am sure he would have done it… but we didn’t have time,”said the filmmaker.
“Shanghai”, hits theaters this Friday. The film also features Emraan Hashmi and Kalki Koechlin.