Anil Kapoor is now preparing for some rough times ahead.
Rishi Kapoor’s loss is Anil Kapoor’s gain. In Nikhil Advani’s espionage drama featuring Arjun Rampal, Ronit Roy and a bunch of he-men on a mission to bring Dawood Ibrahim back from Pakistan to India by road, Anil Kapoor is cast as the head of the mission.
Says a source close to the project, "Anil is very much in that Mission Impossible mode again, though this time far he’s more pivotal to the plot than in MI 4. Anil plays a RAW agent on the verge of retirement who’s given the mammoth task of bringing India’s most wanted criminal back to the country for a trial."
Interestingly Rishi Kapoor was first offered the role. But Nikhil apparently needed someone leaner and more athletic, though from the same generation of actors. Nikhil and Anil have worked together earlier in the director’s Salaam-e-Ishq where Anil was cast as a middleaged husband who is tempted to have an affair.
Even more interestingly the dark sinister mood of Sanjay Gupta’s and Nikhil Advani’s films suggest that Anil Kapoor may be traversing a similar territory in both the films.
Both Anil and Ronit Roy are common to Gupta’s and Advani’s films.
However Sanjay Gupta dismisses any clash between the two films. "I know Anil is common to my film and Nikhil Advani’s. But there’s no clash. I’ve Anil’s dates for Shootout At Wadala from March. Then in Mid-May both my leading men Anil and John Abraham leave for Istanbul to shoot for Race 2.So I’ll be shooting without them for a few months."
Confirms Nikhil, "I’m doing the film.But before that I am doing another film. Because Anil is busy with Shootout At Wadala and Race 2.We shoot in the Rann Of Kutch close to winter."