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Getting to know Gangster better

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    Courtesy: IndiaFM

    Thursday, April 27, 2006

    Mahesh Bhatt's Gangster has been in the news since the past few days because it has apparently irked Don Abu Salem. So much so, that Salem has sent a notice to the producers to prevent the film from releasing. In spite of this fact, the film is generating quite a positive buzz for its music that's ruling the charts and minds. We at IndiaFM try to uncover some lesser known facts about the film...

    • The movie is reportedly drawn from Abu Salem and Monica Bedi's life-on-the-run. The producers however deny this and say that the fact that their protagonist is a gangster is just a co-incidence.
    • The movie was supposed to be shot in Australia. It was Mukesh Bhatt who suggested South Korea and then the film was extensively shot in Seoul.
    • Emraan Hashmi was supposed to essay the role of gangster being played by Shiney Ahuja. However, Anurag felt that Emraan wouldn't justify the character and hence the switchover.
    • A lot of actresses were considered for the female lead role. Mallika Sherawat declined the offer first because she wanted a higher remuneration. Other actresses considered for this role include Ranjit Mallick's daughter, Koel and Pakistani actress Meera's 19-year old sister Aksa Rubab.
    • Anurag met Kangana at JW Marriot cafe. He wasn't sure if she was an actor but she looked perfect to play the character, so he got the waitress to carry a message to her. She responded immediately saying that she was struggling for a break.
    • The role which was eventually played by Shiney Ahuja was first offered to Sanjay Dutt, John Abraham and also to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar. The makers felt that Shoaib had the 'vulnerability of a child.' Incidentally another cricketer Mohsin Khan had starred in one of Bhatt's films (Saathi) in 1987.
    • 'Bheegi Bheegi...' was inspired by Gautam Chatterjee's Bengali song, 'Prithivi...' The producers bought the rights from Asha Music and then started looking around for a raw, grainy voice, who sounded like a folk singer of Bengal. James fitted the bill perfectly. There were visa and passport problems but Mahesh Bhatt spoke to the embassy and James was cleared.
    • James does not understand a word of Hindi and English. The lyricist had to write the song in Bangla for him. On the day of the recording, he really had the jitters and therefore the producers got him drunk! At 2 a.m., they were able to get him in front of the mike.
    • Kailash Kher was supposed to render his voice to the song 'Ya Ali...' but he came after a couple of recordings and his voice sounded really tired. Since it was a high-pitched song, the producers felt it would be better for Kailash to record it after a day or two. But Kailash didn't have dates and so Zubin, who was to sing only an alaap, landed an opportunity to sing the entire song.
    • The song 'Lamha Lamha...' was shot at a beautiful spot with lots of red autumnal leaves. The secluded Eden was crowded with thousands of locals on the day of shoot, the day being a public holiday. Emraan refused to take off his T-shirt in front of them and it took a lot of persuasion to get him to agree to romance Kangana. ]
    • For one of the scenes in the movie, Shiny had to slap Kangana. Kangana was to stand behind Shiny at a distance of 4-5 feet and Shiny was to turn around and slap her. But somehow Kangana came closer to Shiny and Shiny ended up actually slapping her and opening one of her old injuries that had been recently worked over by a plastic surgery. Kangana almost slit her lips and there was a lot of bleeding.
    • In another scene, Kangana was to open a window. But she did that before time thereby hurting Shiny who was required to jump through the window. This time Shiny was injured. So much that he almost broke his neck.
    • While shooting for the underwater love scene, weights were tied to Emraan so that it would be easy for him to go down. However, the same weights made it very difficult for him to come up again and again!
    • Emraan Hashmi is Bollywood's resident 'serial kisser.' However, he has decided that after Gangster, he will not kiss in any film. So this is the last film in which we will see the Emraan special! 

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