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Naseeruddin Shah in Department

Shah to play officer in the movie that revolves around rivalry and politics in the police force, will be working with RGV for the first time. The film will also star Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Rana Daggubati.

bollywood Updated: May 28, 2011 15:07 IST
Hiren Kotwani
Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times

Abhishek Bachchan might not have been able to fit Department into his date diary, but that’s not stopping Ram Gopal Varma for casting an interesting mix of actors for his cop drama. The latest is that the filmmaker has roped in actor Naseeruddin Shah to play one of the pivotal officers in his movie, which revolves around rivalry and politics in the police force. Interestingly, this is the first time the filmmaker and the veteran actor are teaming up for a movie that also features Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Rana Daggubati.

Ramu, as he’s commonly called, met Naseer after his play at Prithvi Theatre in Juhu recently. An associate of the filmmaker reveals, "Ramuji is not known to go for any plays. But he went to watch Arms And The Man primarily for Naseersaab. During the course of their conversation after the show, Ramu broached the subject of Department and expressed his eagerness to have Naseersaab in it."

NaseerAccording to our source, the actor seemed pleased with his character and its role in the storyline. "In principle, Naseersaab has committed to working in Department. They’ll finalise things after the dates required from him are confirmed, as he’s already committed to a other films in the coming months. But that shouldn’t be any problem, as Ramu ji is also working his schedule to accommodate his availability," explained our source associated with the movie.

This is also the first time Ramu is working with Rana Daggubati as well, after his Hindi debut in Dum Maaro Dum, and the filmmaker is enthused about teaming up with Bachchan after Rann (2010) and with Dutt after Daud (1997). We tried contacting Ramu and Naseer for their say. While the filmmaker was unavailable for comment, the actor sent a text saying he was busy but didn’t reply when contacted again.

First Published: May 28, 2011 13:09 IST