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Pak's Dilip Kumar vanishes from Dus!
Jawed Sheikh who had shot for Dus does a nau…do…gyarah on screen
Subhash K Jha
Whatever happened to the Pakistani star Jawed Sheikh who was supposed to appear in Dus? Hadn't he joint the vast cast in Calgary for what was described as a 'very special role'?"Yes he had," confirms Anubhav Sinha, director of Dus. "We were very excited to have him. He's a big star in Pakistan. And he certainly would have made a value addition to the film's stature. Jawed did join us, and did shoot with us."So then what happened to his role? Sheikh isn't visible in Dus even in passing. Sinha pulls out a shocker, "After I had nearly wrapped up my 65-day schedule, I came to know that the raw stock was damaged. I still remember it was the last day of the shooting when I got a call from back home asking me to stop shooting with the raw-stock in use…but it was too late. When we checked out the footage, we found that quite a bit of it was fogged. Jawed Sheikh's role had suffered the most. Instead of rescuing his portions in bits and pieces, I decided to do away with his role entirely. He's too big a star in Pakistan to be seen in a minuscule role. His fans would have taken offence. But it's a pity that this happened."It looks like Pakistani actors are not fated to make an impact in Bollywood. Last year Muammar Rana had tried his luck in Shashi Ranjan's Dobara. This year there was Meera and her doomed debut in Nazar…amidst a hailstorm of murky controversies.Says Sinha, "Though I'd love to work with artistes in Pakistan, I see no dearth of talent in Bollywood. To my good fortune, I've worked with some of the best talents in Dus. I consider myself very lucky. After my last film, Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai, I could have been wiped off the Bollywood map. In fact I was supposed to make the film with four newcomers for T Series and Bhushan Kumar. But the project was taken over by Sanjay Dutt and then Nitin Manmohan. Before I knew anything, it had acquired another life."There have been constant stories from Calgary about the dates of big stars going to waste. Sinha is nonchalant, "Yeah, for the 15 days that Sanjay Dutt gave us he had to sit idle for eight days. And Abhishek had to be idle for ten days in Calgary. So what? These things happen. It was a huge film with a mind-numbing canvas. I still can't believe I pulled it off. But believe me; I've gone through hell making Dus."Fortunately the slick flick has pulled through, thanks to the anticipatory wail of 'Dus bahane kar ke le gayi dil.'Sinha smiles. "Do you know – this was an after thought? My music directors, Vishal-Shekhar, suggested a hip-hop tune for the promos. Fortunately, my producer liked it. And we were on. I realise that the song changed the profile of the publicity. And it got the audience in. So in spite of the flak, the film got a much better initial than many other big guns. I can't complain."Sinha is now ready with his new film Tathastu, with Sanjay Dutt and Amisha Patel. "But my final destination is the Kodak Theatre. That's where the Oscar ceremony takes place every year."John Woo, here he comes……
Who is JAwed Sheikh?
* One of the most popular actor-producer in Tollywood
* Is in the process of making an Indian film.
* Was the first Pakistani to get Indian playback singers like Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam and Sadhna Sargam to sing for his film Khule Aasmaan Ke Neechey