On Monday night, Aseem Merchant who's shooting in Hyderabad for Boney Kapoor's Prabhu Deva-directed untitled actioner, got the surprise of his life from his co-star, Salman Khan.
"He made a sketch of me. It's so beautiful, so life-like and professional; I feel Salman can shape into one of the best artistes in the country."
Salman and Aseem play antagonists in the film. â€œThe film is about modern gangs. Salman plays an undercover cop while I play a gangster. So during most of the day we're fighting each other on camera. At night, we caught up for drinking sessions. So it was on Monday night. We sat together at 9 pm and went on till 2 am. It took Salman a good two hours to make my sketch. At the end of it I felt like I'm the richest man in the world." Aseem intends to frame the sketch in his room. "I donâ€™t know how many others have this gift from Salman. But I certainly feel privileged."
The shooting of the Boney-Prabhu Deva collaboration is nearly over. Aseem whose career has been in a state of suspension for many years is suddenly doing quality work. "Besides this film where I'm the main villain I play the lead in Sisir Mishraâ€™s Bengali film Aseema."
No fears of going from ultra-noble in Aseema to ultra-evil in Boney's film? "These demarcations exist only in our minds. The audience readily accepts an actor in negative and positive roles."