MOVIE BUFFS MEET THE BADASS TEAM

The cast and the di­rec­tor of to­mor­row’s re­lease, Baad­shaho, visit Delhi for HT City Stars in the City

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Com­piled by Rishabh Suri

From danc­ing with their fans to re­veal­ing tid-bits from their film’s shoot, the team of to­mor­row’s re­lease, Baad­shaho, won over the crowd when they vis­ited HT House to in­ter­act with the win­ners of the HT City Stars in the City con­test.

Badass… that’s the vibe of the film, said di­rec­tor Mi­lan Luthria, adding that he had cre­ated a “dark, edgy space” here be­cause he didn’t like “goody, goody cin­ema”.

Cast mem­bers Ajay Devgn, Em­raan Hashmi, Ileana D’Cruz and Esha Gupta were present, and each spoke of what they felt was spe­cial about the film, set in Emer­gency era Ra­jasthan, its plot cen­tred round a heist.

Ajay, who plays a loyal fel­low named Bha­vani in Baad­shaho, was asked if he had any prob­lem switch­ing be­tween film­ing this ac­tion thriller and an up­com­ing com­edy. He replied, “You’re not an ac­tor if you stick to only one genre. I’ve been very lucky — when­ever I’ve tried to do dif­fer­ent gen­res, they’ve all been ac­cepted by my au­di­ence.”

Em­raan, who en­joys a crazy fe­male fan fol­low­ing, made a fan’s day by oblig­ing her with a hug. Asked whose feed­back on his films mat­ters to him the most, he said, “Def­i­nitely my fans! I’ve re­alised one thing: you can’t make a film for your fam­ily. My fam­ily’s taste is very niche. If I have to make a film only for them, we will be the only ones who’ll watch it! Films are meant for mass con­sump­tion.” Em­raan added, “Baad­shaho is not just any other heist film, which is just slick with no sub­stance. The film that hits that sweet spot be­tween mass and class will draw in the au­di­ence.”

Esha was ex­cited about her stunts. She said, “Yes­ter­year ac­tors such as Rekha did ac­tion, too, in their films; af­ter a while, it just got lost some­where. My char­ac­ter San­jana is some­one who will do any job that needs to be done. Ajay had an­nounced me as the ‘bombshell badass’ when my poster for the film was re­leased!”

Ileana, who plays a princess, danced to the qawwali Mere Rashqe Qa­mar (from the film) with a fan — he went down on his knee and gave Ileana an el­e­gant twirl.

Left: Ac­tors Ajay Devgn and Ileana D’Cruz Above: Ac­tors Em­raan Hashmi and Esha Gupta

Win­ners of the Stars in the City con­test with ac­tors Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz, Em­raan Hashmi, and Esha Gupta, and di­rec­tor Mi­lan Luthria

PHOTOS: AMAL KS AND SHIVAM SAXENA/HT

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