Buddy love

Saif Ali Khan is getting to do a variation on one of his favourite films, the George Roy Hill classic Western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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Published: Mon 18 Feb 2013, 9:10 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:49 AM

In Bullet Raja, director Tigmanshu Dhulia has relocated the original buddy film’s concept from the Wild West to Lucknow.

While Saif plays one of the trigger-happy protagonists, the talented Jimmy Sheirgill plays the other lead in Bullet Raja, so named because of Saif’s character’s penchant for firing bullets and riding the Bullet brand of motorcycle.

“Saif and Jimmy are akin to Paul Newman and Robert Redford’s roles from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Irrfan comes into the story midway as a ruthless cop who is summoned to stop Saif’s no-holds-barred outlawry,” said a well-informed source close to the project.

Bullet Raja portrays Saif as the fastest gun in Lucknow, the source added, saying: “And he loves it. He is exploring the adventurous royal side of his personality, firing guns, screeching down dusty roads on his trademark Bullet bike, looking for a new adventure every day.”

Saif is completely into getting out of his cultured accent and royal habits to get the hang of the colloquial Uttar Pradesh dialect.

Said Dhulia: “Saif is really enjoying himself. He is the only star-actor, after Aamir Khan, who has the draw and the ability to get completely into character. I am his dialogue coach on location here. I brief him very closely on how to deliver his lines. He listens, absorbs, and practises the dialogues till he gets them just right.”

Bullet Raja is an action movie with Sajid-Wajid’s populist numbers peppering the proceeds. If sources are to be believed, Saif and co-star Sonakshi would be jiving to Pak chik pak raja babu, a popular Govinda number from the 1994 film Raja Babu.


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