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He’s got the fangs

bollywood Updated: Dec 24, 2010 18:00 IST
Hiren Kotwani
Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times
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For a couple of years now, he’s attempted a different look in every film. However, for his live animation film with wife Kajol, Ajay Devgn has sported as many as 14 distinct looks. And what’s more — for his getup as the devil, Devgn got his dentist friend to help him procure dentures.

Vying for perfection
The scene in question comes at the time when he meets Rubdoot, the God of Death in Toonpur, where his character Aditya has been abducted to, to save the Devtoons from Toonasurs. So for Devgn to get into the persona of the devil, director Kireet Khurana had called for readymade rubber teeth with canines. However, when the actor tried them, the result was not good enough. Much to everyone’s surprise, the live animation film’s Superrhero called off the day’s shoot.

toonpur ka superheroConfirming the pack-up at the behest of his lead actor, Khurana said, "In a couple of days, Ajay got a perfect set of dentures made, with the long sharp canines required to play the devil. We were astonished that he took the initiative and put in that extra effort to ensure as much perfection as possible. More so because he didn’t tell us about it and sprung it up suddenly."

The director enthused that if the lead actor is willing to go any length to portray his part with conviction, it puts additional responsibility on the creative team to ensure that complete justice is done to his performance.

Many roles
Apart from the devil, Devgn is also playing a cowboy, hippie, king, British royal guard, warrior, yama (God of death), God and superhero besides the obvious boxer, army man, family man. And if that’s not enough, the actor also revisited Vishal Bhardwaj’s desi Othello getting back into the Omkara look for a scene in which he confronts a caricature of Langda Tyagi, which was played by Saif Ali Khan in Omkara.

The actor, who can get restless at times, remained rather calm when it came to sitting for hours to get his look right. “Ajay was insistent that the look be right and he patiently sat for hours to get into the getup. He didn’t mind even when a particular look was for just one shot only,” concluded Khurana.