For his upcoming film Shor In the City, Tusshar Kapoor rues the fact that he couldn’t prepare for it extensively. Though he has earlier played a gangster in Shoot Out At Lokhandwala, he wanted to start afresh with Shor In The City. However, since the makers wanted to bring the film on floors soon, Tusshar was stuck as he didn’t have any reference point to begin with.
“As such Tusshar does only one film at a time but last year was extremely busy for him”, informs a close friend of Tusshar, “He had Golmaal 3 coming up. Then he was also busy shooting for Hum Tum Aur Shabana. Also, Barjatyas wanted to kickstart Love U… Mr. Kalakaar! soon as well. Dropping out of Shor In The City was not an option since the script was fantastic. However he didn’t want to come unprepared to the sets either.”
This is where the director duo of Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK (who have earlier made Kunal Khemu starrer 99) came up with an idea. Since they couldn’t afford a workshop with the actor due to time constraints, Raj & Krishna made a compilation of some select gangster flicks and handed over the DVDs to Tusshar.
“These were Spanish films like much acclaimed Amores Perros (which had even inspired Mani Ratnam‘s Yuva) as well as a lesser known film called Maria Full of Grace. In addition, they also gave him a cult Brazilian classic City of God. Since each of these films has a gangster element to it, the brief for Tusshar was to understand the genre more than worry about his own characterisation in Shor In The City“, continues the friend.
Moreover, Tusshar was also instructed not to ape any of the actors and just be plain natural while reporting on the sets. So during his shooting breaks for his other in-production films, Tusshar used to sneak into his vanity van and watch these films keenly. Though he had seen a couple of these films before, this time around he saw them with added attention as this was his only chance to prepare for his part.
When contacted, Tusshar was a little hesitant to share all details. “I suspect people will start drawing comparisons of my film with these classics. It won’t be fair since Shor In The City is a completely different story”, he says.
On being prodded further, he does admit watching these films. “Well, I had to since I couldn’t research much all by myself. I had to study how films belonging to this genre were treated in terms of narrative. Having said that, those films were very serious while ours has lot of humour in it.”
Guess Tusshar isn’t willing to make much ‘shor’ here about the inspiration.