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After ‘Naam Shabana’, I hope they make Naam Shukla, says Anupam Kher

Prequel to the 2015 hit ‘Baby’, ‘Naam Shabana‘ traces the induction of Shabana (Taapsee Pannu) also feature Manoj Bajpayee, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Taher Shabbir and Virendra Saxena pivotal roles.

 Anupam Kher

And Anupam Kher, who played the doom-and-gloom Shuklaji in both the films, has a suggestion to make — why not make Naam Shukla next. The man is a wizard with a computer in both the films but that is not why Anupam wants a full-fledged film on Shukla.

His reasons are very different and very hilarious. “Naam Shabana is one of a kind film, which has never been attempted before. A character from a film (Baby) being transformed into a full-fledged commercial film, this gives me an optimistic hope that one day they will also make Naam Shukla. I would like to know from Neeraj (Pandey) why Shukla wears a wig,” Anupam Kher says with a smile.

The 61-year-old says that Naam Shabana is an exciting concept and hopes it inspires other filmmakers to experiment with their films, “Neeraj is a fine writer. The script is very important. I’m sure it will do really well. We do compare films with Hollywood and they are our benchmark but I think we have our own take on films. We hope this film encourages people to explore more of such concepts.”

Speaking about the kind of spy he would like to play, the actor rues how the Hindi film industry does not have a legendary detective figure like Sherlock Holmes or James Bond. He said, “I would make a funny spy film like Pink Panther. Such characters are strongly etched in my mind. As a schoolboy, I used to read a lot of Hindi detective novels like Dev Prakash, Colonel Ranjit and many others. In terms of English, I would read all the commercial writers. But whatever I have seen of Pink Panther, that would be interesting to portray.”

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The movie ‘Naam Shabana’ talks about how Pannu’s character becomes an undercover agent as she also unleashes her raw action side with a new secret mission. ‘Naam Shabana’ is scheduled to release in theatres on March 31.

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