Tusshar Kapoor has done a Johnny Depp-meets-Jeetendra fusion dance track in the title song of Sagar Ballary’s comic caper, Hum Tum Shabana. In the song, both Tusshar and Shreyas Talpade are in a tug-of-war over a peeved Minissha Lamba.
“It was the choreographer Adil’s idea to have me in Johnny’s Pirate (Pirates Of The Caribbean) outfit and the project coordinator, Rafiq Kazi, a fan of dad, suggested a Jeetendra take-off,” laughs Tusshar, admitting that it took him an hour-and-a-half to get into the costume. “It was a Herculean task, there are a 100 different things to do, from the braids and the sling, to the pyjamas and the waistcoat. And they have to be worn in a particular order. Replicating dad’s signature moves from Himmatwala (1983) was easier since I know the steps well.”
When he finally stepped out looking like Johnny and broke into a Jeetu jig, the crowds on the beach went crazy. “We had a lot of fun, but thank God it was the last shot of the day. I wouldn’t have wanted to go through the ordeal of getting into that get-up again. Hats off to Mr Depp! I’m more into sci-fi than SFX fantasies so I haven’t seen any of the Pirate movies yet. But I will see all of them now,” he promises.
Meanwhile, in December Tusshar has another very different movie coming up — The Dirty Picture. He’s one of the three guys, who gets close to Vidya Balan’s character, modelled on South star Silk Smitha. “Ramakant is a writer, who comes into his own after getting close to his screen idol. He loves her, the other guy only lusts after her and the third hates her,” he informs.
The intense drama has Tusshar engaging in some intimate moments with Vidya and he admits the lip locks weren’t easy: “It’s not so much the kissing, but that you have to be in character, you have to act and react. For me, The Dirty Picture is an experiment, a breakaway from my ‘funny guy’ image like Khakhee (2004), Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007) and Shor In The City. And with Milan (director Milan Luthria) I am in safe hands. He’s a thorough gentleman and his movie is a right mix of massy and classy.”