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Nostalgic Satish could not resist Ruslaan

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By: Joginder Tuteja, IndiaFM
Thursday, October 04, 2007

There is an interesting story that goes behind the casting of Satish Kaushik's Tere Sang.
Apparently Ruslaan Mumtaz, the male lead of the film, wasn't approved in the first instance by Satish Kaushik. The director of Tere Naam wasn't convinced about roping in the young boy and told him about his discomfort.

Informs Ruslaan's friend, "In first instance, Satish Kaushik told Ruslaan that he didn't quite fit in the part. Even though Ruslaan felt that he suited the part and was willing to do whatever it takes to get under the skin of the character, Kaushik wasn't convinced."

This was the moment when an incident that happened more than a couple of decades back was repeated in front of Kaushik, whose last directorial outing was Akshaye Khanna, Ayesha Takia, Mallika Sherawat sterrer Shaadi Se Pehle (2006). "Ruslaan did take this rejection in good spirit but not before telling Kaushik that he would eventually revert his decision and rope him in as the lead actor", his friend says.

"The incident took Satish back in the memory lane. Years back he had been a part of a similar situation when he had approached renowned film maker Shekhar Kapoor for being a part of one of his projects. Initially, even Shekhar wasn't too keen on having Satish on board. Satish too made an exit but not before claiming that Shekhar would have no choice but to call him back. As it happened, Shekhar finally relented and Satish was on."

Once Ruslaan was signed for Tere Sang, a teenage romantic flick produced by Karol Bagh Productions (the new production outfit formed by Anupam Kher and Satish Kaushik), the work began at a rapid pace.

As per Satish Kaushik, the film is about school kids. This would be the second film for Ruslaan after Robby Grewal's MP3 - Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar that he would be playing a school kid. In Tere Sang, Ruslaan, yesteryear actress Anjana Mumtaz's son, is being paired opposite Sheena Shahabadi, daughter of another actress from the past, Sadhana Singh, who acted in Nadiya Ke Paar. Sheena plays a 15 year old girl in Tere Sang.

The film also stars Rajat Kapoor, Neena Gupta and Sushmita Mukherjee along with Anupam Kher who has done a special appearance in the film. Shooting of 'Tere Sang' is now complete and the film is now being readied for release.

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