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Nana Patekar, the 58-year-old actor, who is currently shooting for the Kannada film Yaksha, has learnt the language to dub his lines.
However, learning a South Indian language for the Marathi-Hindi speaking actor is not a cakewalk. Nana says, “It is a challenge to learn a new language. But what is life if you don’t create new challenges for yourself? I have always done what I wanted to do in life. When I agreed to do my first South Indian film, I decided I will speak my own lines. Why should I allow some other person to speak for me? I have been working hard, getting the accent right. It’s a complicated process. However, one is never too old or too young to learn something new.”
Although Nana is tight-lipped about his role in the film, according to sources, Nana plays a messiah of the down-trodden, the kind of character that he played in Mehul Kumar’s Krantiveer (1994).
Cast: RANBIR KAPOOR, KATRINA KAIF, AJAY DEVGN, NANA PATEKAR, ARJUN RAMPAL, MANOJ BAJPAYEE, NASEERUDDIN SHAH
Banner: PRAKASH JHA PRODUCTIONS, UTV MOTION PICTURES, WALKWATER MEDIA LIMITED
Director: PRAKASH JHA
Source: BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Mani Ratnam’s Raavana, which is an adaptation of the Ramayana and Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti that is based on the Mahabharata, will release between two weeks of each other.
Initially, both the films were expected to hit the theatres in February 2010. But, due to the multiplex owners strike and a complex melee of other things the two epic films have been pushed to May 2010.
Trade circles are excited as the contemporary versions of the most followed Indian mythological tales will be pitted against one another. Raavana is very important for Aishwarya, who is playing Sita. So is Rajneeti for Katrina. An actor from the unit said, “Rajneeti is a very taut confrontation drama which will showcase Katrina in new light.”
The two films have had their fair share of controversies. Nana Patekar walked out of Rajneeti three days before the film’s shooting came to an end, whereas, Bipasha Basu had to exit Raavana hours before the shoot.
Floods ravaged the sets of Raavana; and Manoj Bajpai’s accident put a small spoke in Rajneeti’s progress. And yet when it comes to the release, both films are expected to release around the same time.
Milenge Milenge, starring Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor
MARK MANUEL Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; November 9, 2009)
there’s a strong possibility of Anil and Sridevi being the
lead pair, plus a new, young couple, and somebody big playing the major and unusual role of the villain. Then I’ve got a fix for No Entry 2. And somebody suggested a good idea for Most Wanted. Everything depends on the viability of the projects and availability of the main crew. I’m a strong believer in the need for a good support system. My cast is always according to the need of the film. What works is not a package, but the product.”
SUBHASH K JHA (Mid-Day; November 6, 2009)
Prakash Jha has finally relented to Nana Patekar’s pleas begging forgiveness and has decided to forgive, if not forget Nana’s behaviour.
“It’s impossible to forget what he did. But Nana has been constantly trying to reach out since the ugly incident.
I’ve told him I’ll have a cup of tea with him when I return to Mumbai tomorrow. Today is my last day of Rajneeti.” Prakash said from Bhopal on Wednesday afternoon.
Will dub, won’t shoot
In fact, Prakash had decided to not allow Nana to dub his lines. “Now I’ll let him dub. But there’s no question of shooting the scenes that he lost out on.”
Earlier Prakash was unrelenting. “I know I said there was no question of a rapprochement. Nana Patekar was a closed chapter for me. My entire crew tolerated him because of me. But he’s lonely and he accepts his mistake.
I can’t sit in judgment on him.”
The director has already changed the script to make do without Nana and has added a voiceover, ” I had to shoot six to seven scenes of Nana as a young man. I changed the scene and shot it without him. When I had worked with Nana in Apaharan, I hadn’t seen this tantrum-throwing side of him on the sets.”
Had no choice
After his initial outburst, Nana tried to make amends. Recalls Prakash, “Later that day, he calmed down and tried to return to the sets. I told him he wasn’t welcome ever on my sets. As far as shooting goes, we had to compromise. We had to complete all his scenes without him. We introduced a voiceover to explain his absence.
Jha concludes, “I had no choice but to forgive him. You don’t know how much I’ve looked after him. I’ve stood by him through all his temper tantrums and bad moods. But I can’t allow him to walk all over me. He needs to do something about his temper. “
Lekin, hua kya tha?
On October 27, during the shooting of Rajneeti, Prakash and Nana had a huge showdown in Bhopal over the way the actor was supposed to do a scene. The actor left in a huff after showering abuses on Prakash. Though used to Nana’s abusive ways, Prakash wasn’t willing to take the barrage of insults lying down. He took up Nana’s offer of letting the actor go and also vowed never to be friends with Nana again. But the actor kept pleading.
Temperamental actor Nana Patekar’s heated argument with director Prakash Jha and his impulsive walkout from the sets of Rajneeti resulted in Nana’s ouster from the film. In an emotional plea for forgiveness, Nana admits he has an anger management problem. He says, “I know I get abusive, very abusive, when I’m angry. This isn’t the first time it has happened. I’ve repeatedly tried to curb my temper. But kya karoon? Main aisa hi hoon. I’ve lost a lot in life because of my nature.”
Although the actor empathises with Jha’s annoyance, he is hurt that he had to hear about Prakash’s grievances in the press. He adds, “We’re such old friends. What happened between us should’ve remained that way… Anyway, I completely understand Prakash’s anger. Maine uske saath bahut bura kiya.”
Reliving the incidents that led to the massive showdown in Bhopal on October 27, Nana says, “It all started with a song. Since I play an avatar of Lord Krishna, I had to do some singing for my character. My songs were recorded in Rashid Khan’s voice because I can’t sing to save my life. When I reached the location, I was told that the songs got erased by mistake. Hota hai aisa. All this is part of the shooting process.”
What got Nana’s goat is the fact that Prakash asked Nana to sing in place of Rashid Khan. “He said we’ll dub it later. But I was neither prepared nor was I equipped to sing. I argued, but Prakash wasn’t willing to listen. I called him to my van and took off on him. I admit I was very harsh, cruel, rude and abusive. But he knows how I am. He has accepted me as a friend with all my blemishes,” remarks Nana.
At this point, Nana breaks down. He admits he has a problem controlling his temper. He says, “Once I lose control, there’s no stopping me. What I’ve done with Jha is very wrong. He was reduced to tears. I’m unable to sleep since then. I’m willing to compensate him for his shooting losses. But I know nothing can compensate for my behaviour.”