Bollywood۪s poster boy Imran Khan has certainly toughened up his image lately and is almost unrecognisable as the rugged hero figure in director Vishal Bhardwaj۪s forthcoming film Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola۪, which releases in January.
Acclaimed director Vishal Bhardwaj (Omkara, Maqbool) requested Imran to completely get into the skin of his character Matru۪ by immersing himself in the Haryana way of life.
After a month-long, intensive training session was completed, and both Vishal Bhardwaj was convinced that Imran could pass for a true native Haryanvi, did the young actor begin shooting for the film.
Set in the rustic surroundings of a village in Haryana in India, Matru ki Bijlee Ka Mandola۪ is a comedy-drama about Harry Mandola (Pankaj Kapur), a wealthy industrialist who loves his drink, his daughter Bijlee (Anushka Sharma) and the unusual bond they both share with Harry۪s man-Friday, Matru (Imran Khan).
Much to her father۪s delight, Bijlee is all set to marry Baadal (Arya Babbar), the son of a powerful politician Chaudhari Devi (Shabana Azmi). This alliance which is far from just being a simple union of two young people becomes the seed for a story that brings twists and turns in the lives of Matru, Bijlee and Mandola.