RAMBO RAJKUMAR: Shahid Kapoor Persuades Prabhu Deva To Join In For A Dance

Determined to make 'Rambo Rajkumar' his perfect comeback vehicle, Shahid Kapoor is leaving no stone unturned

MUMBAI: Determined to make ‘Rambo Rajkumar’ his perfect comeback vehicle, Shahid Kapoor is leaving no stone unturned, in the far-off Kandla in Gujarat to ensure that the project has the kind of in-your-face slam-the-audience-nail-the-boxoffice impact which Prabhu Deva achieved with Salman Khan in ‘Wanted’ and Akshay Kumar in ‘Rowdy Rathore’.

Last week from the simmering rugged location in Gujarat one came to know that Shahid pulled in his director Prabhu Dheva to do a jig and to contribute to the choreography of a song-and-dance featuring Shahid and Sonakshi.

Says a source from the location, “Initially Prabhu Sir didn’t even want to choreograph the number. He wanted to focus on direction. So he got his colleague Vishnudeva who has assisted Prabhu and choreographed numbers in his film in the past, to step in to supervise Shahid’s and Sonakshi’s steps.

But then Shahid who can be awfully persuasive pulled Prabhu in at the last minute. Ultimately the song and dance featured Prabhu Dheva as choreographer and dancer.

When one contacted Prabhu in Kandla he revealed shyly, “The song was done by Vishnu who shares my surname and has worked closely with me. But finally I am also there.”

Shooting with Shahid who plays a gritty gangster is a pleasurable experience for Prabhu. “I worked with Sonakshi earlier. But this is my first time with Shahid. He is equally fluent as an actor and a dancer. And this time he is doing raw action also. The amount of hard work being put in by Shahid just makes you feel inspired.”

Though the location is turning warm Prabhu says the weather is  still pleasant enough. “We will continue as it gets warmer. But the good thing is, no one is complaining. We are all having a ball down here.”

We hear the action sequences that would pitch Shahid against Sonu Sood have now been postponed to a date when the latter’s leg injury would  be healed. Sood joins the crew of ‘Rambo Rajkumar’ on 10 April with less strenuous scenes requiring minimal physical activity.

Shahid plays a gangster on the run and would be shooting raw action sequences of the kind seen in the Rambo series and the kind of action that the late stunt director Rambo Rajkumar from the South used to excel in.

Says Prabhu, “This film is in the same action genre as ‘Wanted’ and ‘Rowdy Rathore’. Not serious violence. But fun fights. I like to bring a choreographic element in the fights. And Shahid is a fabulous dancer.”

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