I imitate Salman: 'Gangs of Wasseypur' writer Zafri Mudasser Nofil
'Gangs of Wasseypur' writer Zeishan Quadri had put a condition before director Anurag Kashyap that he would part with his story only if he gets to play a key role in the film that deals with the coal mafia. Anurag agreed on one condition: Quadri had to appear for auditions
Eventually, he got through the auditions and bagged the role of 'Definit', a wily and street smart goon who imitates Salman Khan. Quadri's journey from the country's coal capital of Dhanbad is no less interesting than a film script. His "Hero banna hai" aim took him to Mumbai in 2009 but after several auditions he got no break.
Meanwhile, he began watching world cinema and got attracted to films like "Men of Honor", "City of God", "No Man's Land" and "No Country for Old Men". It was then that the idea to write a script on Wasseypur coal mafia gangs struck him.
After about two months of research and picking up real incidents and fictionalising them a bit, he was ready with the skeleton of his story. "One fine day, I met Anurag Kashyap at Prithvi theatre and told him about my script. I gave him a eight-page concept of my story said I also want to act.
He was impressed by my story and on my acting condition, he said I had to go through the audition rounds," Quadri told PTI. "Gangs of Wasseypur", also starring Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Piyush Mishra, Shabana Azmi and Reema Sen, tells the story of three generations of a family who are deeply enmeshed in tentacles of crime, extortion, murder and how they wade through its morass.
Quadri a.k.a the stubborn, eccentric and crude guy Definit belongs to the third generation of the family who is hungry for power. He has also co-written the film's screenplay and dialogue. "Definit is a follower of Salman Khan and aspires to become the biggest goon of Wasseypur.
He imitates the actor's style and hairdo right from his 'Maine Pyar Kiya' days to 'Tere Naam' and beyond," said the 28-year-old. The five hours and 20 minutes story of "Gangs of Wasseypur" deals with incidents between 1941 and 2009. It got a rousing reception at this year's Cannes Film Festival. "The audience at Cannes had the patience to sit for five hours and 20 minutes and appreciate it," Quadri says.