Bollywood Hungama
Last Updated 09.12.2018 | 8:56 PM IST



Mani Shankar goes ga-ga over Allan Amin’s gourmet delights

Mani Shankar

It could be designated the book of Weight & Humour. What happened to the stars and director of the forthcoming film Knock Out is funny only to Priyadarshan or any other comedy director who might be tempted to make a film out the foodie’s festival that the sets of the film had become during shooting…

…All because of the action director Allan Amin who turned out to be, in the words of Sanjay Dutt, the world’s best cook, his speciality being Bombay duck and pomfret and a cross-section of continental cuisine.

The weight-conscious stars and director resisted Allan’s food fury and cuisine attack as much as they could. Then it got too much to resist.

Says a source from the Knock Out set, “No matter where he went to shoot Allan would set up his makeshift kitchen .Allan was constantly whipping up delicious aromatic dishes on the sets. Even the strongest resistance crumbled under the weight of the aromatic attack. Everyone in the cast was constantly tucking into the goodies laid out by Allan, oblivious of the calories they added to their build.”

Director Mani Shankar who is 8 kilos bulkier after Allan Amin’s delights laughs pleasurably at the culinary recollection. “What you’ve heard is absolutely true. Allan is an extraordinary gourmet chef. We all fattened ourselves during Allan’s extended sittings on the action storyboard.”

For weeks, Mani Shankar and his cast were ensconced in Allan’s apartment in Mumbai eating their way through 7-course meals prepared by the action choreographer.

Says Mani Shankar, “The action storyboards were composed mainly in Allan’s kitchen. Between chopping up the garlic and peeling the potatoes Allan and I would quickly jot down an action brainwave before the idea dissolved in the aroma of the spices and the curries.”

Says Mani Shankar, “Food was constantly on our minds because of Allan. During shooting Allan would quickly conjure a master dish. Shooting would halt as me, Sanju, Kangna and Irrfan would tuck in greedily.”

While it is not known how much weight the stars of Knock Out have gained the director Mani Shankar is desperately trying to lose all the extra kilos with a strict diet of milk porridge and thinned lassi.

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