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Mahesh Bhatts protege makes unscheduled debut

india Updated: May 08, 2012 11:24 IST
Subhash K. Jha

If you saw the tall amiable rookie cop who accompanied Randeep Hooda in the initial scenes of

Jannat 2

and then vanished, you might want to know that he is Mahesh Bhatt's latest prot?g? Imran Zahid.

Imran played the shoe-throwing journalist Muntadhar Al-Zaidi in Mahesh Bhatt's stage adaptation

The Last Salute

. He is now being launched as one of the leading men in

Jism 2

. Imran is also the lead in Mahesh Bhatt's


, a bio-pic on the slain Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Chandrashekhar Prasad.

With such lofty plans up his sleeves, one was shocked to see Imran making a 'guest' appearance in two fleeting shots with Randeep Hooda and Brijendra Kala. Even more shocking is the fact that Imran himself was shocked to see himself in

Jannat 2


The revised plan, after Imran's role in

Jannat 2

did not shape up as one of the leads, was to scrap his role completely and re-launch the actor in the Bhatts'


. That's the way Subhash Ghai had dealt with Madhuri Dixit's career. After he shot a dance sequence with her in


and felt she had the potential to become a full-fledged leading lady, he scrapped the dance and launched her in

Uttar Dakshin


Imran had been promised that his part would be completely scrapped and re-shot with another actor.

Shell-shocked after seeing himself unannounced on screen, Imran blurted out, "I can't believe I saw myself in

Jannat 2

. I was not meant to be part of it. I had left the film after the first schedule. My part was taken by an actor called Rajinder, the cop who gets shot at the end. I don't know why the director Kunal Deshmukh decided to keep my shots."

Strangely days before the release of

Jannat 2

, Mahesh Bhatt had announced on a micro-blogging site that Imran would be making his debut not with

Jannat 2


Jism 2


Says Imran, "Honestly I'm in shock. It was officially decided that I won't be part of

Jannat 2

. The ethical thing to do would have been to remove my scenes completely and re-shoot with my replacement."

Imran admits this two-bit appearance could damage his career.

"Magar ab jo ho gaya so ho gaya

. It can't be undone, so no point crying over it. It was Mahesh Bhatt saab's decision that I opt out of

Jannat 2

. He thought I didn't fit in. Maybe they were unable to re-shoot all my scenes."

When asked about Imran Zahid unceremonious, unannounced and uncredited debut in

Jannat 2

director Kunal Deshmukh said, "Imran and I decided to part ways because his role didn't shape up well. I couldn't re-shoot the scenes with Imran that were shot on the ISBT Bridge and in Pahadganj in Delhi. Those were tough location to shoot in. And we couldn't obtain permission again."