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Imran, the new bad boy

bollywood Updated: May 06, 2011 16:59 IST
Hiren Kotwani
Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times
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Irrespective of the roles they play, actors tend to create certain images for themselves. And some times, the characters they play contribute to their off-screen image too. So if the kind of role Imran Khan plays in his forthcoming film, Delhi Belly is any indication, looks like he is going to be crowned the new bad boy in tinsel town very soon.

The youngest Khan, who’s also doing the boldest scene of going down on one of his girlfriends, (he has two: Shenaz Treasurywalla and Poorna Jagannath), is required to swear in every line in the urban comedy directed by Abhinay Deo. This, apparently, was the toughest part for the actor, who doesn’t even use cuss words in casual banter.

"It was decided that Imran would have to hang around with the college students to familiarise himself with the way the youth speaks, replete with abuses," reveals our informer. The canteens of Jai Hindi College in South Mumbai and Bhavan’s College in Andheri were chosen for ImranImran to hang around in. "The students were thrilled to have him in their midst, but Imran told them to feel free and converse normally," recalls the source.

It was the delivery of the Hindi cuss words that Imran was finding hard to perfect. "When something really irritates him, Imran says ‘What the…" without the F word," says the source, pointing out that eventually he did a convincing job of mouthing lines like ‘Pick up the f-ing phone’, ‘Hey ch****!’ and even some Hindi cuss words related to mothers and sisters.

Imran confirmed the story, but refused to reveal much, "When you see the trailer, you will know. It was essential for my character," he says, laughing. When asked whether he felt the bad boy role would affect his good boy image, he chuckles. "That’s all the more reason I’m

asking you to watch the promo first." Imran, the new bad boy