Saif Ali Khan and Jimmy Shergill’s characters in Bullet Raja are very similar to that of Paul Newman and Robert Redford’s roles from ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’, says director Tigmanshu Dhulia.
Incidentally, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” happens to be one of Saif’s favorite movies and the actor plays a trigger-happy protagonist in the film. ‘Bullet Raja’ has been names after Saif’s character in the film who has a tendency of firing bullets and riding the Bullet brand of motorcycle.
“Saif and Jimmy are akin to Paul Newman and Robert Redford’s roles from ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’. Irrfan Khan comes into the story midway as a ruthless cop who is summoned to stop Saif’s no-holds-barred outlawry,” said a source.
“Bullet Raja” portrays Saif Ali Khan as the fastest gun in Lucknow, the source added, saying: “And he loves it. He is exploring the adventurous royal side of his personality, firing guns, screeching down dusty roads on his trademark Bullet mobike, looking for a new adventure every day.”
Saif will have to get rid of his royal habits and cultured accent so as to get into the character.
Said Dhulia: “Saif is really enjoying himself. He is the only star-actor after Aamir Khan, who has the draw and the ability to get completely into character. I am his dialogue coach on location here. I brief him very closely on how to deliver his lines. He listens, absorbs, and practises the dialogues till he gets them just right.”
According to Dhulia, Saif is talented enough to get into any character given to him.
“He possesses a world-view, has a sound knowledge of music, literature and the fine arts. He has taken possession of Bullet Raja’s character. He lives the role even when the camera is off. He wants to know what the character is doing when he is not in the frame. That kind of dedication I got when Irrfan played ‘Paan Singh Tomar’.”
Bullet Raja is set against the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh-based mafia while dealing with the underworld. The film will release on 6 September 2013.