Aamir Khan isn’t termed as a perfectionist for no reason. Though he chose to stay away from day to day progress of Delhi Belly during it’s principal shooting, he put down his foot when it came to days leading to the film going on floors. To ensure that his prime protagonists got everything right around the plot, language, setting and milieu of the film, he designed a 100 hours long crash course.
“It was clear for all; Delhi Belly was going to be a fun film but mainly for the audience. When it came to it’s actors, there was a lot of hard work involved as well that included spending 100 hours preparing for the film”, informs a source attached to the film.
All of this meant that along with director Abhinay Deo, Aamir worked non-stop with Imran Khan, Vir Das and Kunaal Roy Kapur to get it all perfect for Delhi Belly before the camera started rolling.
“For any film there are readings and workshops that are held. However, Delhi Belly was a different experience for most involved as there was a lot of emphasis on planning and scheduling”, says a member from the production team, “It was a 10 days long crash course and all actors along with the producer and the director were holed in a room for 10 hours in one stretch.”
Other than the fact that the trio of actors had to get their ‘gaalis’ right, something which is an integral part of the film, they also had to react naturally to the adult humour. Since nothing like that had been planned before and Delhi Belly also depended a lot on the camaraderie between the trio, Aamir wanted to make sure that there was bonding at the personal level too during this crash course.
Confirms Vir for whom Delhi Belly came as a shot in the arm. “Yes, it was just the five of us for 10 hours a day, 10 days in a row. One of the biggest strengths of Aamir is the way he plans it all. Same was the case here as well. He was sure that he would be there with us during these workshops and after that leave us on our own”, he informs.
However, Aamir didn’t leave the film before passing on his instructions to the production team. Resultantly, Imran didn’t have the luxury of a vanity van all for himself as it was designed for a triple sharing purpose with Vir and Kunal occupying it as well. “I guess this further helped the entire male bonding”, smiles Vir.
Aamir stuck to his word as he refrained from stepping on to the film’s sets. “All this while it was Abhinay who was running the entire show. It was only when the first cut of the film was ready that we saw Aamir again in the context of Delhi Belly.”