On Monday morning, producer-director Vipul Shah was chalking out the last days pre-release promotions for his forthcoming film, Action Replayy. That’s when a friend called to inform him that the Indian cricket team, which is currently playing in Ahmedabad, was keen to see his retro rom-com later in the night.
At the time of going to press, Shah confirmed the report, saying that he was working out the logistics. “We’re just in the midst of planning our short-term-notice trip to Ahmedabad,” he smiles, adding that his team is figuring out an appropriate multiplex for Mahindra Singh Dhoni and his men in blue.
Happy to host
Excited about the special request from the Indian cricket team, the filmmaker says he’s all the more pleased to play host to them because the title of his movie is a derivation of one of the game terms — ‘action replay.’ However, Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan won’t be able to make it.
Instead, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Ranvijay Singh, who play pivotal roles in the film, will accompany Shah. “Akshay is shooting for the grand finale of his show, MasterChef India, while Ash is celebrating her birthday. So I can’t expect her to travel out of town,” he explains.
Nonetheless, he asserts that the two actors will be driving around Mumbai in a vintage car on Tuesday afternoon. Initially, this promotion was planned for October 25. “The Kaun Banega Crorepati shoot was happening, so now we’re conducting the vintage car drive on Tuesday as both Akshay and Aishwarya’s dates matched,” says Shah.
“All the while, it was Aishwarya who was pushing us to make this drive happen,” recalls a thrilled Shah.