Arjun Rampal: The RAW edge
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Tall, with rugged looks and a physique to match, Arjun Rampal was eager to do an action film, when he was approached by Nikhil Advani for D-Day.
Rampal knew that the director was very good with emotions, relationships and technically very sound, but was apprehensive when he told him that the film was an espionage thriller.
"When Nikhil said he wanted to make a realistic thriller, I was a bit apprehensive because being realistic could be a completely different view point from mine. But when he started showing me references as to the kind of film he had in mind, I was attracted to the project," says the actor who plays a RAW agent in the film.
D-Day is about a group of people trying to get India's most-wanted man (apparently Dawood Ibrahim) sounded implausible, but Arjun remembered his driver telling him that if Osama Bin Laden could be caught, so why not Dawood? "And something inside me clicked and I said wow! That's the fantasy of some people and there's a great story." Rampal's fascination with the concept increased, and added to the fact was Tom Struthers to come on board as the stunt director with Rishi Kapoor playing India's most wanted man.
"When Nikhil told me that he had signed Struthers— who has done action for 200 million dollars projects like The Dark Knight and Batman— to do the action sequences,I wondered why he would want to work with us. I knew Nikhil was getting it right and that increased my confidence in the script."
Getting Rishi Kapoor to play a cold-blooded and ruthless murderer shocked not only the actor but everyone in the team of D-Day.
"I mean Rishi Kapoor is the sweetest looking guy, but apparently Nikhil knew what he was doing. Actually, nobody knew what Rishiji was playing and what he would look like. The transformation was unimaginable, but then that was Nikhil's vision. Slowly, whatever he had promised to us, including the locations fell into place," confesses the actor with a smile.