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GEARING UP: Shahid Kapoor and (below) Tom Cruise in Top Gun

Shahid to play Tom Cruise’s role from 1986 Hollywood hit in father Pankaj Kapoor’s directorial debut

SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 30, 2009)

Shahid Kapoor, as Tom Cruise did in 1986 with Top Gun, is all set to wear a uniform and take to the skies in Mausam — his father Pankaj Kapoor’s directorial debut. Pankaj, who felt Shahid needs a change of image after playing roles like an aimless student in Ishq Vishq, a gangster-social activist in Kaminey, a struggling dancer in Chance Pe Dance and an entrepreneur before that in Jab We Met and Vivah, decided a uniformed soldier’s role would give his son a mature man’s image.
According to a source, the uniform has virtually been written into the script. Pankaj first toyed with the idea of making Shahid an Army officer. Then it was decided to cast him as an Air Force pilot. The last real big star to play an Air Force pilot in Hindi cinema was Rajesh Khanna in Shakti Samanta’s 1969 hit Aradhana, which itself was a copy of the 1946 Hollywood film To Each His Own.
Shahid’s role is being modelled on the lines of Tom Cruise’s from Top Gun, in which the actor played a Navy pilot training in the US Navy Fighter Weapons School known in the Pentagon as ‘Topgun’. The film was a super hit and had great music and songs apart from scintillating dogfights in mid-air and other action.
Shahid is taking the film seriously and has decided to train for the role after the release of Chance Pe Dance. Permission is being sought to make the film at the Air Force Academy in Dindigul, outside Hyderabad, much in the manner Top Gun was actually shot at the US Navy school in Miramar, California.
R Madhavan’s unfulfilled ambition to join the Indian army lives on through his roles; plays an army commander in Sikandar
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 17, 2009)
So what if R Madhavan’s plans to join the Indian army were thwarted? He has kept alive his love for the defence force through his films. After he played a dashing air force pilot in Rang De Basanti, he plays Lieutenant Colonel Rajesh Rao in his next film, Sikandar. Madhavan, who wanted to be an army officer ever since he was a young boy, plays an army commander of the area where Sikandar, whom the film is based on, lives.

Talking about Madhavan’s reaction after he heard the script, director Piyush Jha said, “After the narration, I sat back wondering where this was leading. Then Madhavan suddenly smiled and said that he believed the role of Lt Col Rajesh Rao was made for him. He told me that he was a diligent NCC cadet in his growing years. He wanted to join the army but his application was rejected because he had crossed the age cut-off by six months. He was also awarded the Maharashtra Best Cadet award when he was 22 years old. This granted him a trip with three other NCC Cadets to England where he received training with the Royal Army, the Navy and the Air Force.”

“After Madhavan lost out on being in the army, he took lessons in public speaking, which eventually helped him enter the film industry. Somehow, he couldn’t follow that dream and ended up becoming a film star instead,” added Jha.

Jha, of course, wasn’t oblivious to Madhavan’s army aspirations. He said “But, I didn’t tell him that I knew about his desire to be an army man and that’s precisely why I had approached him for the role.”

• After Madhavan lost out on being in the army, he took lessons in public speaking, which eventually helped him enter the film industry – Piyush Jha Director