Two weeks ago, Shadab Kamal signed a film, Meeruthiya Gangster. And he finally broke his almost year-long wait for a film after the release of BA Pass. Despite the critical acclaim and sleeper success of BA Pass, which also won him the Osian Film Festival Best Actor Award, Shadab found no good films coming his way. “I was largely being offered roles similar to BA Pass,” he laments. As the months went by, Shadab says, “I was feeling insecure and almost went into a depression; I started doubting my capabilities as an actor.”
But Shadab stayed rooted to his belief that he deserved a good role. He says, “I don’t care about the money. It’s not that I don’t like being paid but good work is what pays off in the long run.”
Meeruthiya Gangsters is helmed by Zeishan Quadri, who had earlier written the acclaimed Gangs Of Wasseypur. Zeeshan’s directorial debut revolves around six friends (including Aakash Dahiya, Vansh Bhardwaj, Jaideep Ahlawat and Jatin Sarna) who form a group that indulges in criminal activities, initially for the thrill and later to earn easy money. Shadab plays an uneducated bloke whose innocent looks belie his intentions. The actor reveals, “It’s a rustic character. I will be wearing a simple T-shirt and local clothes from UP – no, not a dhoti, regular trousers.”
While Shadab had a bold role to essay in BA Pass, it’s a different character in his new film. “I have no romantic interest in this film,” he says. Quadri had seen Shadab in BA Pass and liked him a lot as an actor. But he made him undergo an audition and a look test too because he wanted to gauge Shadab’s ability to adapt to UP culture. The amenable Shadab says, “Giving an audition was not a big deal for me.”
The shooting of the film will begin on June 15, 2014 but Shadab has flown to the Meerut location three days earlier to familiarise himself with the locals and soak in the culture.
- Dinesh Raheja Bollywood News Service