New Delhi, Nov. 7 -- After Cocktail, Deepika Padukone will be seen in yet another sizzling avatar in the upcoming Abbas Mustan film Race 2. The actress looks hot and stunning in a white gown with an Angelina Jolie-esque slit on the thigh. The white gown contrasted with the bright scarlet lips looks a devilish combination and adds to the oomph.
The Race 2 posters ominously read 'Betrayal Is Survival' hinting at several twists in the tale. The suspense thriller is already a much awaited film and seems to be unravelling slowly.
Race 2 Fever: Cast gets ito the groove
The stars of the film seem to be working realy hard for their roles in the action film.
Deepika Padukone has apparently been very professional about her role. Producer Ramesh Taurani told HT: Deepika is a very good actress no doubt, but she also works as hard in her preparations for the part. I must say I'm impressed with her sincerity and dedication. The shoot has been going great and we really enjoyed working with Deepika. She will emerge as the surprise element in the film".
Saif Ali Khan, too, has impressed the filmmakers with his dedication. The actor underwent a special diet, in order to get the leaner, rugged look that he is expected to carry in the sequel to the 2008 Abbas-Mustan-directed film. The role also requires the actor to be in his best health and build stamina, for which Saif has been attending yoga classes and has also taken up strenuous exercises.
Talking about this new fitness regime, Saif says, "I have always been into working out and leading a healthy lifestyle, but this role required me to go the extremes. Which is why, it was all the more important that I stick to this routine. I had to be at my fittest best. It was not just about getting the six pack, but also building endurance."
The makers are obviously thrilled with Saif's dedication towards his role. Praising his initiative, producer Ramesh Taurani says, "By far, I think Saif looks his best in Race 2. He has gone all out to get the right physique, which has not only made him look great but has also helped him to perform challenging stunts."
Jacqueline Fernandes, too, seems to be working hard for her role. "I have been preparing for my part since November last year to get into shape and be ready for my action outing," she told HT Cafe.
She added, "In movies, action sequences performed by women require different training and techniques since they can't train like guys. For women, its important to maintain flexibility and agility, along with a lot of fluidity. I am a trained gymnast. And now, in a way, I have gotten back to it. I am looking to do a lot of my own stunts, so I am working on different techniques. For example, I have been training in capoeira (the Brazilian martial arts). And I love it since it's got a lot to do with dance. I have been doing a lot of flips too, besides yoga, that has been helping me a lot."
Well, the hardwork certainly shows!
About the film
"Race 2 will be made on as grand a scale as the original. We will be shooting in Turkey and Cyprus next," director Abbas Burmawalla tells HT Cafe.
According to creative producer Jay Shewakramani, "The twists and turns and the style quotient of Race 2 is a notch higher. It is a perfect sequel."
Although the plot of Race 2 has been kept closely guarded, the thriller has been shot in lush, exotic locations with the backdrop of gambling and casinos. 'Action over thrill' seems to be the mantra of the film.
The film is the sequel to Race (2008). It features actors Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernades and Ameesha Patel.
The film is set to release in 2013.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.