Supermodel-turned-actor Muzammil Ibrahim is gearing up to join the army in the sequel of JP Dutta’s Border (1996) that was set against the backdrop of the Indo-Pakistan 1971 war. He had earlier played a cop in his debut film Dhoka (2007) and admits to a feeling of déjà vu: “Shooting will start in two months. While growing up, I wanted to be an Air Force pilot. My father was a contractor in the Indian army in Kashmir and there were army people all around me.”
Prod him for more details on Border 2 and he refuses to divulge more, saying, “It’s JP Dutta’s call to disclose what the film is about. All I can say is that we are working together for sure.”
The Gladrags Manhunt Winner (2003) regrets that his second film never saw the light of the day but his third project, he says, “Horn Ok Pleassss was with Nana Patekar and I had lots of expectations from it. But unfortunately, it missed its release date and after that just kept getting pushed ahead,” Muzammil sighs. “I was getting many offers after Dhoka, but I refused all of them to concentrate on this one and today, I regret the decision.”
The only film he signed was Will You Marry Me? that he landed while shooting for the aborted Horn Ok Pleassss. “I liked the script and the team, but even my third film took a long time to finish,” he says.
Directed by Aditya Datt, Will You Marry Me? co-stars Shreyas Talpade and Rajeev Khandelwal as Muzammil’s friends. The trio, when in college, decide never to get married till he breaks the promise. “It’s important for me but they don’t understand that and thinking I’m stupid, plan to mess it up for me,” says the 26 year old. “It comes to a point where I have to choose between friendship and marriage.”