On Friday, Bhai dooj, Tusshar Kapoor woke up late and was clueless about what he was going to gift sister Ekta. Then inspiration struck: “I’m going to promise her that I’ll go all out to promote her film, The Dirty Picture, in the weeks to its December 2 release. I’ve already killed myself flying down from Rajasthan, where I was shooting Char Din Ki Chandni, to wrap up my portions. Now I’m going to sacrifice on sleep to keep her happy since I got to sleep a lot during a relaxed shoot at Hyderabad’s Ramoji Rao Film City. Milan (director Milan Luthria) is a gentleman who gives you absolutely no stress. There were never any continuity problems and since you are always more relaxed away from Mumbai, it was this outdoor that made the film memorable for me.”
The actor was in Las Vegas when he got a call from Milan offering him a role. “I knew vaguely that Balaji was making a film on the life of a porn star and I wondered if Milan wanted me to play a pimp,” Tusshar reminisces with a laugh.
Turned out that the director wanted him to play Ramakant, a writer who genuinely loves this aspiring actress as opposed to the other two men in her life, one of whom (Naseeruddin Shah) lusts after her and the other who hates (Emraan Hashmi) her. Tusshar immediately gave his nod.
When the first poster was unveiled, he was spotted snuggling into Vidya’s cleavage, almost unrecognisable with a moustache and middle parting. The second poster that’s just come out has him doing a Jeetendra-like jig. Tusshar insists that despite a special photo session, the first poster was in parts a cut-paste job but admits that his new look has been getting him plenty of attention.
“When I turned up at the bungalow for my parents’ annual card party on Diwali, the seniors whose blessings I sought, told him that Ramakant and his moustache reminded them of my father from his south sojourn in the 1980s,” smiles Tusshar.
The Dirty Picture is a biopic reportedly based on the life of southern item girl-turned-star Silk Smitha. Naseer plays an ageing superstar and his character is said to be loosely based on some real matinee idols. Says Tusshar, “I don’t know about Emraan’s character but mine has no parallels, Ramakant is completely fictitious.”