After playing such diverse roles as a city slicker in Delhi Belly (2011) and action hero in Luck (2009), Imran Khan is all set to essay the part of a UP boy in his next film. After a series of conflicting reports, the actor is finally confirmed to star in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Milan Talkies.
Produced by Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures, the film revolves around a small-town cinema hall where Imran’s character is an employee. He moonlights as a film pirate by shooting illegal videos of the blockbusters being screened there.
“Yes, Imran is doing the film. And I am talking about Imran Khan, not Emraan Hashmi,” says director Tigmanshu Dhulia, with a laugh. “We will start shooting around January 2013. Since I am busy wrapping up Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster 2 (SBAG2) right now, I won’t be able to give out too many details. But the film is very much on.” A few weeks ago, Tigmanshu had stated: “Contrary to news reports, I haven’t signed Imran yet.
Nor have I had meetings with him for the project in question.” Later, reports claimed that the film was put on the back burner since the dates Imran had allotted to Milan Talkies were being used for filming Balaji’s other big project, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2. Interestingly, Milan Talkies will be Imran’s second film — after Vishal Bhardwaj’s Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (MKBKM) — that’s set in a small town. MKBKM, which features Anushka Sharma as Imran’s co-star, will see Aamir Khan’s nephew play the part of a typical Haryanvi boy.
To prepare for the part, the young actor has been training in the language and diction for a few months now. “Once Tigmanshu is back (after he has finished wrapping up the ongoing schedule of SBAG2), he will have a few meetings with Imran and Balaji’s production team. By that time, Imran will also have wrapped up a major chunk of Vishal’s film. Since Tigmanshu’s movie involves a lot of pre-production work and detailing, they don’t want to rush into it,” says an insider close to the director.