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Imran Khan took ‘styling cues’ from Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff’s 80s films for Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara

Imran Khan said that Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara was marketed as a gangster movie, but he had always seen it as a tragic romance.

Imran Khan has been revisiting his films and sharing interesting details about the same on his Instagram since the last month. On Saturday, September 16, it was the turn of the 2013 gangster drama Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara, which also featured Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles.

“Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara (that’s the official spelling, zoom in on the poster if you don’t believe me) was a tricky film. It was perceived and marketed as a gangster movie, but I had always seen it as a tragic romance; while the characters are gangsters, the plot is entirely driven by the love story, not the cops vs robbers stuff”, wrote Aamir Khan’s nephew.

He shared how he took ‘stylin cues’ from Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff’s looks in their 80s films for his character as he added, “I was excited about the retro vibe of the film, and I took a lot of styling cues from Anil Kapoor (Mashaal) and Jackie Shroff (Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri) in their 80’s glory. I grew out my sideburns and mustache in an attempt to be authentic but it was not to be.”

The Delhi Belly actor continued, “While I was initially scheduled to wrap shooting on this film in January 2013, and begin the shoot for Gori Tere Pyaar Mein the next month, the schedules stretched till August of that year, and we were still on set filming scenes two weeks before release! This meant that after filming about 30% of my scenes, I had to shave and get a haircut so I could start GTPM, and complete the rest of OUATIM with hair extensions, fake sideburns and a glued-on mustache. It’s easy to catch, now that you’re looking for it!’.

Talking about his co-stars Akshay and Sonakshi, Imran concluded, “The film was not very well received upon release, and I shouldered most of the responsibility but that never tarnished the affection I felt for my team mates. Akshay Kumar was the very definition of Movie Star cool, and is probably the strongest human being I’ve met in real life, this dude’s forearms are as thick as my calves, seriously. And I loved Sonakshi from the first day. Fearless and unrestrained as an actor, and utterly devoid of any self-importance.”

Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara was the sequel of the superhit 2010 film Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, which starred Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Prachi Desai, and Randeep Hooda in the leading roles. Both films were directed by Milan Luthria.

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