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Here’s why Tigmanshu Dhulia plays Shah Rukh Khan’s father in Anand L Rai’s next

Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia says Kamal Haasan also played a dwarf in Appu Raja but VFX was not available then. I want to learn how Anand L Rai does it now, the filmmaker adds.

bollywood Updated: Jun 30, 2017 13:31 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Tigmanshu Dhulia,Shah Rukh Khan,Anand L Rai
Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia during the trailer launch of his upcoming film "Raag Desh" at Parliament House in New Delhi on June 29.(IANS)

Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia, who will be portraying the role of superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s father in Anand L Rai’s next, where Shah Rukh plays a dwarf, has said he wanted to be part of the project to see how it is done.

Imtiaz Ali and actor Shah Rukh Khan during the screening of film Tubelight, in Mumbai, on June 22. ( IANS )

“I do very few films as an actor but when a filmmaker friend feels that I can do justice to certain role -- and when I need some money -- then only I do a film. It’s a very technical film in which Shah Rukh is playing a character of dwarf so I wanted to see how it is made because when Kamal Hassan (Appu Raja) did it, that time he did that with folded legs and VFX facility also wasn’t available,” said Tigmanshu at the trailer launch of his upcoming film Raagdesh on Thursday.

“So, to know that process, I did this film. It’s a very time consuming film where you have to give the best effort because you have to shoot each shot with 3 to 4 different approaches and in each day they only used to complete only one scene so it’s a hard film to make, but they are giving their best effort for that,” he added.

Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia and actor Mohit Marwah during the trailer launch of Raag Desh at Parliament House in New Delhi on June 29. ( IANS )

Talking about the challenges that he faced while working on Raagdesh which is based on 1945 Red Fort Trials when the Indian National Army soldiers were court martialled by the British, Tigmanshu said: “When you are writing a fictional story, that time writer can use his imagination to write a story, but when you have real story, then you have to mould it into proper film script. Then it is challenging, especially when you don’t have the permission to tamper with past facts.”

“Each scene of this film is documented with the help of some or the other books, so I haven’t had any opportunity to take cinematic liberty in this film,” he added.

“Raagdesh” features Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh and Mohit marwah in lead roles.

The film is schedules to release on July 28.

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First Published: Jun 30, 2017 12:51 IST