A close friend to many Bollywood stars, including the Bachchan family, Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh is all set to further his association with the film fraternity with his decision to make an appearance in Chargesheet, a suspense thriller by industry veteran Dev Anand. Singh, who will play the role of home minister, told a news agency he decided to do the role because of his admiration for the actor. “When the offer came to me, I could not refuse it as it came from Dev Anand, whom I respect a lot,” he said.
Close-lipped about the details, Anand lets on that Amar Singh’s scenes will be shot in Delhi on March 24 and 25. “Because of the elections, Amar Singh cannot travel to Mumbai, so the shooting will take place at his residence in New Delhi,” he says. As for why he chose to cast Singh, Anand says, “An actor is an intelligent man who can act. So why not choose a member of Parliament who can easily play this role?” The film stars Anand, Jackie Shroff and Riya Sen and follows the story of a retired CBI agent and a corrupt cop.
Amar Singh is not the only politician in this avatar. Rumours have it that former President APJ Abdul Kalam might be seen in a South Indian film. Omar Abdullah, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Navjot Singh Siddhu and Brinda Karat have also done cameos in movies.
Abdullah had a cameo in Apoorav Lakhia’s Mission Istanbul. Lakhia recalls that Abdullah asked him if he could say his own bits “since he was doing such a thing for the first time.” Having a politican on board was a new experience for him. “When we began the shoot in Jaipur, Omar turned up with 25 black cat commandoes. It seemed like George Bush had arrived!”
According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, “An actor is so well-prepared that the role might seem artificial. But a politician lends his own colour to it. This creates a lot of curiosity towards the film. Even the politician can extend his catchment area.” — with inputs from PTI