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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014
Knocked out
Hiren Kotwani, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, June 10, 2008
First Published: 14:36 IST(10/6/2008)
Last Updated: 15:47 IST(10/6/2008)

Recently during the shoot of Mastang Mama at the Bandra-Kurla complex, Ruslaan Mumtaz was required to kick his way out of a sack. He almost knocked out co actor Saran's teeth.

Elaborating on the episode, director Vikram Singh says, "The sequence was being filmed at a bus stand. Saran was dragging along a sack with Ruslan inside. He was presumed dead but a sudden movement sparked off Saran's suspicions. He opened the sack to investigate and landed a punch, straight in the face."

The director says that he would have liked a retake but Saran's lip was torn and swollen. The next day his actors did reel off another shot but it didn't have the same intensity and even the timing was off. So Singh chose to retain the original shot.

Take two
Recalling the incident, Mumtaz says, "It was really embarrassing. I had met Saran for the first time that day. It was our first shot together. He told me to kick hard and landed up getting injured. The next time we did the shot I was terrified of hurting him again. Even Saran was worried that he would not turn in time. No wonder the timing was off and Vikram had to go with the first take."

A comedy, Mastang Mama has Mumtaz playing uncle to child actor Tanay Chheda (he was Darsheel Safary's friend in Taare Zameen Par. How their lives change after Ruslaan starts caring for Chheda forms the crux of the story Kulraj Randhawa brings in the romantic angle.

Singh says the sudden rains have put the brakes on the shooting most of which is done outdoors. A week's work is left, and Singh with the mama-bhanja team, is praying for the sun to come out again. Saran is praying that there are no more kicks in store for him.


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