Before signing the Sujoy Ghosh-directed Aladin, Sanjay Dutt had one condition. He wanted the moustache to stay intact for the character of 'Ringmaster' that he plays in the film.
Sujoy says: "It was 2006 when I showed Dutt saab all my homework on 'Ringmaster' and a storyboard of the sequence. He looked at everything, especially his getup, and gave me his consent in four words–'Keep the moustache Bro'. He was quite fascinated, especially the way his character looked."
In fact, Sujoy was in for a pleasant surprise when he realised it was Amitabh Bachchan himself who got in touch with Sanjay Dutt and sounded him out about the part of 'Ringmaster'.
"I still remember the three-hour narration I had with Sir [Bachchan]. After the narration, the first thing he said was, 'It's going to be a nightmare to make this film, but let's make it. But who will play Ringmaster? Who CAN play Ringmaster?'” Thankfully, I was quite clear about the man who could do it, says Sujoy.
Apparently, Amitabh was thrilled about Sujoy's choice and was in agreement.
"I prepared to talk to Duttsaab in the gym that evening. However, imagine my surprise, when my mobile rang and Duttsaab told me that Sir had already given him a call. He wanted all the details about the movie there and then. In mock anger, he also pulled me in for not talking to him first about the movie," he says.
An EROS production, Aladin has music by Vishal & Shekhar and is all set for a 24th July release.