Randeep Hooda: Imtiaz Ali is like a Sufi artist!

The Bombay Talkies actor is happy to be a part of Highway

Randeep Hooda thought someone was pulling on a prank when he was told that Imtiaz Ali wanted to work with him in Highway. With the film ready to release, Hooda,looks back with joy on their road adventure which took the cast and crew through six different states of India.“It was very nice working with Imtiaz. He guided us beautifully in the film. He is a Sufi artist kind of fellow but has the diligence of a school boy so you always feel safe. He really participates and helps you with what you are going through as an actor without interfering much. Sajid Nadiadwala and I used to joke that he is such a nice guy that it can’t be true. He must turn out a villain in the end but that did not happen,” Randeep told PTI over phone from eastern Indian state Kolkata.

Hooda, born in Haryana, seemed like a perfect choice to play the role but the actor found his Jat dialect would often interfere with the Gujari dialect that he was supposed to speak in the movie. Hooda, however, enjoyed bringing to life the complex character of Mahabir Bhati. “I speak the ‘Jatu’ Haryanvi not the Gujari language so it was hard because the dialects would overlap but we had the help of dialect coach to help us. My character is a small time fixer. It is a complicated character who initiates Veera’s journey in ‘Highway’,” the actor said.

Hooda says his role in Highway is one of the most honest parts that has come his way. “This character is rooted somewhere, it is not generic. It is very close to my heart. I have always been honest in my work but this time there is a certain rawness and honesty that has never been there. It was an enriching experience.”

Produced by Imtiaz’s Window Seat Films and presented by Nadiadwala, the film will be released worldwide by UTV Motion Pictures this film also features Alia Bhatt and will hit the theatres on February 21.