Ruslaan Mumtaz who just recovered from a leg injury didn't know what he was getting into when he agreed to play young Tanay Cheda's uncle in new director Vikram Singh's comedy Mastang Mama.
The film which started shooting last week has Ruslaan paired with tv actress Kulraj Randhawa. But it's Tanay (Rajan Damodaran in Taare Zameen Par) who shares most playing-time with Ruslaan in Mastang Mama. And the boy is giving Ruslaan a run for his money.
Laments Ruslaan, "The boy is so sharp. At that age, I was a complete dullard. Even now he gets the better of me constantly. The boy is ten years my junior. But he seems to know so much about everything from the sensex to mobile technology to camera angles. I don't think I stand a chance with Tanay," jokes Ruslaan.
The twosome has been bonding for the whole of last month through acting workshops while Ruslaan has been confined at home because of a torn ligament. "In a way my injury proved a blessing for this film because I got a chance to rehearse. So there is a comfort level between me and Tanay the start. There're so many films on male bonding being made. The actors need to get used to occupying a common space," observes Ruslaan. "And although he tends to get the better of me, I really enjoy bonding with Tanay especially because I'm an only child. I only wanted a kid brother."