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Jalebi’s Dhamaal

June 10
00:50 2011

Rs 1.5 cr casino set for movie

Filmmakers are known to shell out lots of money to shoot at actual or authentic locations to get the ambience and mood right. In the case of Double Dhamaal, producer Ashok Thakeria had to construct a set of a casino at Mehboob Studio in Bandra for a price of Rs 1.5 crore.

Mallika Sherawat’s item song Jalebi bai… and part of the climax of his forthcoming comedy, Double Dhamaal, which he’s making in association with Reliance Entertainment, was shot there.

Though director Indra Kumar could have filmed the sequences in casinos in Goa or Macau, he didn’t think it would be feasible. “They would only let us shoot for a few hours in a day, and that too only at night. Since we required to shoot all day long, we had no option, but to build this set,” says Thakeria. Major parts of the film’s climax have been shot in Macau as well. It was the pictures that the production team clicked on their trips to Macau that inspired the set design in Mumbai.

“Credit goes to art director Tanushree Sarkar for putting up such a brilliant set. Other actors and filmmakers would drop in to have a look around as they had heard a lot about it,” he says, adding that it is worth the Rs 1.5 crore it cost to make in two-odd weeks. But he’s unperturbed about the expense, as he feels the song will go on to become a chartbuster.

Sherawat’s item number, which has been composed by Anand Raj Anand and choreographed by Ganesh Acharya, also features Sanjay Dutt, Kangna Ranaut, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Ashish Chowdry and Jaaved Jaffery.

The team became so attached to the casino that it broke their hearts to learn that after completing their 12-day shoot, the set would be dismantled. “We were telling each other that if we could manage a license, then the casino would continue to stand and actually function,” he says, laughing.

However, the film’s promotion will not start with the Jalebi bai… number. “We’ll promote it somewhere in the middle of the campaign, closer to the film’s release on June 24,” he adds.

Kangna’s kissing woes

The makers of Double Dhamaal have bought the rights of Tridev’s (1989) hit ‘Oye oye…’ to be featured in the movie. During the shoot of that song, actor Kangna Ranaut was supposed to get close to her co-star Riteish Deshmukh. But she faced constant problems cozying up with him, thanks to his African-retro disguise. Ritiesh wears a large wig as part of his costume, due to which Kangna had problems kissing on his cheek.

After several retakes, they finally managed to shoot it with different dance moves choreographed by Ganesh Acharya. “Despite combing it down, Riteish’s wig kept troubling us. Nothing helped but finally, thanks to Ganesh, we managed to shoot around the wig,” says a source from the film’s unit.

Sanju ensures Dhamaal on sets

Free time on the sets of Double Dhamaal, was made more fun by Sanjay Dutt when he purchased a new gadget called Segway, a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle which is battery operated and is quite popular among the youth abroad. According to sources, the crew of the film was no less amused and obsessed with the device. Double Dhamaal features Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh, Jaaved Jaafri and Aashish Chaudhary and is being directed by Inder Kumar.

Sanjay, who is known for his passion for latest gadgets kept his Segway in his vanity van during the shoots. But during breaks, there was a dhamaal of a different kind on the sets as actors and crew members would try to outdo each other, to get their hands on Segway first.

A unit source said, “The boys including Arshad, Riteish, Ashish and Jaaved were constantly arguing over who gets to ride the Segway first and this wasn’t only restrained to the cast.” Director Inder Kumar, too, was seen giving instructions on the sets moving around on the Segway!

“Within a few days, everyone seemed to have become a pro riding it. They liked it so much that they even included it in the film while shooting the comic caper!” the source elaborated.

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