Salman Khan has essayed the character of a cop in several films — most recently in Dabangg (2010) and Dabangg 2 (2012). His performances have been loved by fans, and have inspired some, like actor Shahid Kapoor.
In his upcoming release, Phata Poster Nikhla Hero, Shahid will be seen acting and behaving like Salman in some of the sequences. Interestingly, Shahid took a couple of months off to prepare to play the character.
“When we narrated the script to him, he asked for two months to prepare for the role. He wanted to get the body language right. He has done a great job,” says producer Ramesh Taurani.
Shahid’s character in the film is a fan of Salman Khan, and he will even sport a Being Human (Salman’s charity) T-shirt. “Yes, Shahid’s character is a Salman fan, but interestingly, as the title goes, he also follows all the other commercial stars of Bollywood. So there are parts when he will also be seen behaving like Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar,” adds the producer.
To prepare for the role, Shahid watched a few of Salman’s movies too. “After a very long time, Shahid will be portraying a funny character. In the movie, his role is of an actor who is mistaken to be a cop. And in order to get into the character properly, he saw a lot of Salman’s films including Wanted, Dabangg, Dabangg 2 among others,” says a source close to the film.