“It’s not a direct portrayal, but some of Mithilesh’s characteristics have been weaved into the character,” says an insider close to the project. In 1979, the conman’s story had also inspired an Amitabh Bachchan-starrer, Mr Natwarlal.
“In Special 26, Akshay will be seen using a lot of aliases. His character is a master of disguises and uses novel ideas to dupe people. And like Natwarlal, he also cheats industrialists and rich people,” says the insider, adding, “If you make a film on a conman in India, you’re bound to be inspired by Natwarlal.”
When asked to comment on his role, Akshay Kumar only says, “You can write whatever you want to. But right now, I don’t want to react (to any stories on Special 26).”