When director Kunal Deshmukh informed Emraan Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan that for their film Tum Mile , they would have to indulge in some ‘twisted postures’, the actors certainly wouldn’t have guess what was their in the offering. And no, before they could begin worrying about the intentions of Deshmukh and the Bhatts, Emraan and Soha could afford to breathe easy when told that it was just going to be a game after all. A game, which was called ‘Twister’, and was required to be played for a key sequence in the romantic number ‘Tu Hi Haqeeqat‘.
Twister – The Game
Twister is a giant board game with rows of circles with different colours. A dice rolled by a player decides which hand or leg should go on which dot – for example ‘right hand/red dot’. With multiple players and many turns, there are situations when a player is practically ‘twisted’ with hands and legs in odd positions. If a player loses balance and falls down, he/she loses.
The game is on
When Kunal Deshmukh told Emraan & Soha that they would have to play ‘Twister’ for the shoot of a song for Tum Mile, they hardly thought it would cost them an arm and a leg – literally.
Emraan says, “Kunal comes up with these ideas that haven’t quite been explored before in a Bollywood film. Like who would have thought that a game like ‘Twister’ could be included in a romantic film and that for a song like ‘Tu Hi Haqeeqat‘. When he told me and Soha about the game, I asked him if he was serious. I mean not just is it a twisted game of sorts, it also could result in so many retakes as a person tends to fall down time and again due to the nature of the game. Of course, we were prepared for all the fun but I guess it was quite sweet of Kunal to be incorporating something like this.”
Soha too was so addicted to the game that she started indulging in it even when the camera wasn’t rolling. The game soon became a pass time for many on the sets as it also came as a welcome relief from the generally tense and thrilling mood of the narrative.
“It started just as a shooting necessity and ended up hooking everyone on the sets. People would just keep playing the game between the shots”, informs Soha, “Even otherwise when the camera was rolling, we couldn’t play it as per our will. Since Kunal believes in authenticity, he made sure both Emraan and I knew the rules and would have to play accordingly.”
And the winner is…
“No one”, says Emraan with a smile, “It was a draw. We both had our share of falls. But then I guess we both are equally twisted. The highlight though was that it was all really funny to keep seeing people in weird postures and keep falling down. Some had a really bad fall too. Everyone was having a laugh at other’s expense.”