You can tell that a film’s team has bonded sufficiently when they finish each other’s sentences. That was precisely the case with the team of Emraan Hashmi, Neha Sharma–starrer Crook: It’s Good to be Bad, which visited the HT City office for an interaction last week.
Talking about how he got the idea for the flick, which partly takes inspiration from the alleged racist attacks on Indians in Australia, director Mohit Suri said, “The idea came from newspapers after reading up on the racism incidents happening there. I know of a case when some Aussies in a music shop were discussing why rapper Snoop Dogg sang in Singh is Kinng. When a guy took a stand, saying, “I am a Singh”, he got beaten up.
The team also faced a fair share of problems from the Australian authorities. “They didn’t let us shoot during the last few days. The Metropolitan Council was creating problems and they never gave us a reason,” says Mohit. Emraan cuts in, “Till date, we don’t have a reason. It is very expensive for a producer to put up an entire team and not get any work done.” Mohit further explains, “They had issue with us using a fake cop car. It was pretty strange, since we had even shot outside the Parliament before that.”
Even while chilling during non-work hours, the team had unsettling experiences. “We had a funny experience once. We were at a restaurant and we asked the band there to play Wonderwall for us. And, they sang it with an Indian accent!” says Mohit.
But, no incident was as unsettling as Emraan’s near-death experience during the shooting. “I was driving a car at 90 miles/hour, with a camera mounted in front of me. The camera suddenly fell in front of me and broke into two. My car bumped into it and swerved off the road. But, at the end, no one was concerned about me. They were more worried about the camera.”
Arjan Bajwa, who also stars in the film, still remembers how he got the role. While he was on his way to meet the producers, he had an accident, and was in a bad mood. “I was huffing and puffing, and cursing when I reached the office. And, they all were like, ‘This is the character we want for the film’.” Actor Neha Sharma — the only girl in the all boys group — was not left out of the fun. “We went on a show recently and the guys pulled a prank on me by organising a mock interview,” she recalls, clearly still in shock from the entire ordeal!