Naseeruddin Shah, a name synonymous with cinematic excellence, has graced the silver screen with his remarkable acting prowess for decades. While he’s known for his versatile roles and impeccable performances, there’s one particular anecdote from his career that still surprises many – the time he donned a bikini!
In 1992, filmmaker Anil Sharma directed “Tahalka,” a movie that took inspiration from Hollywood’s action-adventure classics like “The Guns of Navarone” and “Where Eagles Dare.” However, what set this film apart was a sequence that had audiences in awe and shock – Naseeruddin Shah, along with Jaaved Jaaferi and Aditya Pancholi, appearing in bikinis.
In a recent conversation with Bollywood Thikana, Anil Sharma finally unveiled how he convinced the legendary Naseeruddin Shah to wear a bikini. According to Sharma, “Naseeruddin Shah bikini mein, people were shocked. Jaaved Jaaferi, Aditya Pancholi in bikinis, people went crazy. People still ask me how you convinced Naseeruddin Shah to wear a bikini.”
Sharma went on to explain Naseeruddin Shah’s reaction, saying, “Naseer bola tha ki jab aap mujhe torn kurta pehnate ho to main koi sawaal karta hun. Aap mujhe bikini pehna rahe ho to main kyu sawaal karu? Director hai jo character de raha hai play kar raha hun. Real life mein thodi kar raha hun.”
This revelation showcases the actor’s dedication to his craft and his willingness to immerse himself completely into the characters he portrays. Naseeruddin Shah’s response reflects his profound understanding of the director’s vision and his commitment to delivering a convincing performance.
Anil Sharma also shared another interesting tidbit about his collaboration with the renowned actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar in the 1987 film “Hukumat.” Sharma recalled that it was during this film that Sadashiv Amrapurkar, known for his versatility, donned a coat and boots for the very first time. Sharma explained, “Hukumat unki second film thi… So, I gave him two pairs of suits and asked him to wear the suits, boots, and overcoat and asked him to keep wearing them at home for a week to get into the character. So he used to all the time wear suit and overcoat.”
These stories not only offer a glimpse into the dedication and adaptability of these veteran actors but also remind us of the unforgettable moments that have enriched Indian cinema. Naseeruddin Shah’s bikini-clad appearance remains etched in Bollywood history as a testament to his commitment to his craft and his willingness to embrace unique and challenging roles, even if it means breaking traditional stereotypes.