Bollywood gets yet another Dawood

Dec 15, 2016, 21:07 IST | Mohar Basu

After Farhan Akhtar and Shraddha Kapoor's brother Siddhanth's turns, another don act coming up in B-Town

Farhan Akhtar in Arjun Rampal's Daddy; (right) Siddhanth Kapoor in Haseena: The Queen of Mumbai
Farhan Akhtar in Arjun Rampal's 'Daddy'; (right) Siddhanth Kapoor in 'Haseena: The Queen of Mumbai'

Dawood Ibrahim is a dreaded name, one that evokes everything from anger to hatred. But, Bollywood has never stopped using him as a muse. Zakir Hussain is the latest to play the don in upcoming film, 'Coffee With D', that also marks the debut of stand-up comic Sunil Grover.

Incidentally, as part of prep for another film earlier, Zakir had read many of crime writer S Hussain Zaidi's books, especially Dongri to Dubai. "But, the best way to really know about Dawood is to go through archives and news stories. There is so much written about the man that it's enough to understand his behaviour and mannerisms," he said.

Zakir Hussain as Dawood Ibrahim in Coffee With D
Zakir Hussain as Dawood Ibrahim in 'Coffee With D'

Was it a challenge for him, though? "Well, the real challenge was to recreate his look. There is a certain image of how the man looks and dresses. We have done our best to come close to it," he said, adding, "There is possibility that he dresses differently now. I can't tell you when the movie is set and what the backdrop is, but we wanted the man to look like the Dawood of the '90s."

This is the third time this year that Dawood has managed a screen reference in Bollywood. Last month, Farhan Akhtar shot for a special sequence for Arjun Rampal's film Daddy (based on gangster Arun Gawli) at Mehboob Studios. Farhan had earlier told us, "I had seen videos of how he looked, the way he dressed. It is a cameo, but a well-fleshed out one. The characters (Dawood and Arun Gawli) are shown to have a few meetings like they did in real life."

DAWOODS, UPCOMING AND IN THE RECENT PAST:

> Farhan Akhtar in Arjun Rampal's upcoming film, Daddy, based on gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli

> Siddhanth Kapoor in Apoorva Lakhia's next, Haseena: The Queen of Mumbai, based on Dawood's sister, Haseena Parkar (played by Shraddha Kapoor).

Rishi Kapoor

> Rishi Kapoor as Iqbal Seth alias Goldman, a character modeled after Dawood, in D-Day (2013).

Akshay Kumar

> Akshay Kumar as Shoaib Khan, loosely based on the don's life, in Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara (2013).

Emraan Hashmi

> Emraan Hashmi as a younger Dawood in the first part of Once Upon... in 2010.

Doctor saab turns journo

Arnab Goswami and Sunil Grover
Arnab Goswami and Sunil Grover

Sunil Grover, better known as Dr Mashoor Gulati on Kapil Sharma's show, will play a television journalist in 'Coffee With D'. His character, Arnab Ghosh, has been sketched out on the lines of journo Arnab Goswami. Grover, however, maintains, "Arnab Goswami is an entertaining journalist, but I am not trying to imitate him. It's the director's call to name the character. "Subconsciously, I might have picked up a few things of Arnab, but it's a fictional film."

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