Sunny Deol, who will be seen on the big screen almost after a year, plays a paralysed gangster named Lakhva in director Sanamjit Talwar’s directorial debut, Dishkiyaoon. The actor plays a Haryanvi in the film, whose right hand is completely paralysed, except for his index finger that functions, to pull the trigger of a gun. It is for this reason that the actor will be seen mouthing a dialogue repeatedly in the film that goes, “Haryane se hoon, naam hain Lakhva. Yo haath chaale na, sivai is ungli ke. It ijj poetic.”
Talwar did not hire a teacher to assist Deol with Haryanvi, but took the onus of teaching him the language and nuances. “Sunny sir has never done an out-and-out Haryanvi role and fortunately, my language skills came handy in this case, as I could explain everything to him in detail,” adds Talwar. When asked if Deol’s role in the film is a special appearance, the director rubbished it and cleared the air by stating that Deol is an integral part of the film. Talwar mentioned, “By no yardstick is his character a special appearance. He plays an extremely important character and trust me, he has never done something like this before.”
Produced by ESM and Eros International, Dishkiyaoon is scheduled to release on March 28.
Highway premieres at the Berlin Film Festival
Imtiaz Ali’s Highway, starring Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt in the lead, had a world premiere on February 13 at the 64th Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama section. Walking the red carpet before the screening at the famous Zoo Palast theatre were the director, actors and music compose A.R. Rahman.
Highway, produced by Ali’s Window Seat Films and presented by Sajid Nadiadwala, was released worldwide by UTV Motion Pictures on February 21.