Even as other actor-producers are juggling their releases, Salman Khan’s ‘Radhe’ is still on course to open on Eid. Just a few days of work remains on the action-thriller which is currently being shot in Mumbai after a marathon schedule in Goa during which a number of dare-devil action sequences were canned under the supervision of a stunt team from Korea. Randeep Hooda, who has reunited with the actor for the third time, after the 2014 action-thriller ‘Kick’ and the 2016 sports-drama,’Sultan’, for his first out and-out negative role, shot for several smoke fights, hand-to-hand combats, gunfire and multiple chases. “There is this five-minute single shot for which my co-actor, who was on the heavy side, had to jump on my back. The stunt team insisted on several takes. When we were on the 18th one, my knee gave way,” Randeep reminisces, adding that he tried one more time, but the pain was intense, and he had to be rushed to the hospital. “Ironically, they finally settled for the first take.”
The actor, who for years has thumbed down all caricaturish baddie roles, agreed to play one in Salman’s home production on his request, which came with the promise of lots of action. “I respect Salman as a person and an actor. He has a certain way of working and since we have collaborated before, I am used to it and we had a lot of fun,” says Randeep, optimistic that the audience will enjoy seeing the two of them together.
While in ‘Kick’, Randeep played a no-nonsense cop, Himanshu Tyagi, on a mission to track down Salman’s Devil, and in Ali Abbas Zafar’s sports drama the role of Sultan’s boxing coach, Fateh Singh, this time he plays a Mumbai-based gangster. “I chased Salman in ‘Kick’ and coached him in ‘Sultan’. This time, I’m testing him to see how much he has learnt from me as his character hunts for mine,” he smiles.
The film chronicles the gang wars of Mumbai, with Salman in the titular role of a Bhai opposite Disha Patani. Jacqueline Fernandez has a special turn in a dance number. The Prabhudheva-directorial wraps up by March end.