Sharman Joshi plays gangster in Allah Ke Bande

By Renu Chawla, Bollywood Hungama News Network

Sharman Joshi best known, as a comedy actor will be now seen in a completely different avtar. The actor is also known for experimenting with various roles and for the first time will be seen in a gangster role in his next film Allah Ke Bande.

Sharman says, "It is surely a role I have never played before. It is on the lines of what I played in my first movie Godmother. It is about the boys of slums, how at a tender age commit crime and go behind bars. After their exit from prison is the character played by me (Vijay) and my director Farukh Kabir (Yakub)."

The versatile actor has been in a string of comedy roles and has been appreciated for it too. On playing a serious character he says, "I always go with my instinct. Variety is a spice of life and that's what keeps me going. It is not every time you get to play different genre roles. When Farukh came with the script, I at once liked it and agreed to be a part of it. The director has also written the script and screenplay for the same. And for someone who has done that exactly knows his job, and the movie has turned out to be really well."

Director Farukh gave a series of documentaries and print interviews of juvenile crime to the actor for better understanding of his role. He not only worked on his facial looks but also his physical appearance. He says, "We shot in real prisons for around 15-20 days. I really didn't interact much with the kids in the prison but did hear some really wild stories about their crime at such a tender age."

Sharman has not only worked on his facial looks but also his physical appearance. Make-up artist Vikram Gaikwad who has worked on films like Rang De Basanti has worked on Sharman's look.

Allah Ke Bande highlights a major issue - kids being used for armed conflicts and separatist movements. Having a formidable star cast comprising of Sharman Joshi, Naseeruddin Shah, Anjana Sukhani, Atul Kulkarni, Zakir Hussain and Anupam Kher, the movie is due to release on October 30.