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'The Xpose' inspired by 'Teesri Manzil'

Ananth Narayan Mahadevan’s next project 'The Xpose', starring Himesh Reshammiya, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Irrfan takes a look at the Hindi film industry of the 1960s

Ananth Narayan Mahadevan’s upcoming film, 'The Xpose', takes inspiration from films like 'Teesri Manzil' (1966) and other musical thrillers by Vijay Anand.

Ananth Narayan Mahadevan
Ananth Narayan Mahadevan

The filmmaker has even conducted acting workshops to help his actors get into the skin of their roles. With the film’s theatrical trailer releasing today, Mahadevan is understandably on a new high.

The National Award-winning director points out that the film deals not just with a 1960s character but the entire decade. “This film takes a look at Hindi cinema’s most glamorous, romantic and larger-than-life era.

The mystique of the film star was at its peak then, but some stars took their screen image too seriously and ended up carrying this baggage into their personal lives. As a result, their lives got embroiled in a maze of scandal, mystery and even death,” says Mahadevan.

The star cast


Himesh Reshammiya plays Ravi Kumar, a character inspired by actor Raaj Kumar (an ex-cop who later became a successful actor).


Yo Yo Honey Singh plays Kenny Damania, a character inspired by Pran.


Irrfan has a special appearance and he plays Alec D’Costa, one of the biggest black marketeers in the 1960s.


Aadil Hussain plays Rajan Anna, a character based on the don, Vardarajan Mudaliar.


Sonali Raut plays Zara, a character along the lines of Zeenat Aman.


Zoya Afroz plays a character inspired by Parveen Babi.

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