Call it a planned dig, friendly prank, an innocent jibe or plain humour but Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan are certainly finding themselves on the wrong side of the stick.
"The makers of Double Dhamaal, in an attempt to double the humour quotient of the first in the series, have incorporated scenes in the film where Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh, Javed Jafferi and Ashish Chowdhry mimicry some of the leading actors of Bollywood. Shahrukh and Aamir are two such actors", informs an insider.
Well, the inside news isn't resulting in any surprise element now, what with the theatrical promo all set to reveal these digs. While Riteish Deshmukh goes on to ape Aamir Khan, it is Javed Jafferi who does his own take on Shah Rukh Khan. This is not all as Arshad Warsi, in the getup of a Sardarji, actually brings on the mannerisms that are similar to Shatrughan Sinha.
"Director Indra Kumar is known for his whacky humour, something that he has never left behind ever since the days of Dil, Ishq, Masti and Dhamaal", says a close associate of the director, "The idea of his lead actors imitating these superstars wasn't an impromptu decision. It was in fact woven into the script from the very beginning. Other than Shah Rukh, Aamir and Shatrughan Sinha, there are close to a dozen off other actors who have been imitated as well in Double Dhamaal. It is all waiting to be unveiled."
The promo shows Ritesh doing a funny take on Aamir with references to Dhobi Ghat as well as Peepli [Live] . Arshad goes 'khamosh' while the best is reserved for Javed Jafferi who is reprimanded for sounding like a 'bakri' when he begins to imitate Shah Rukh.
"All of this is in plain humour though", defends Riteish Deshmukh when asked if the team had gone a little too far, "No one in the industry minds such an act as long as it is done with the right intent. Also, everyone is aware of what our team has done in Double Dhamaal; we are not hiding anything."
While admitting that there is a lot more that the film has to offer than just an act or two of mimicry, Riteish also adds that the cast and crew had the time of the life while enacting these scenes.
"We had to get this right. After all this is our tribute to Shah Rukh and Aamir", smiles Riteish before signing off.
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