Anubhav Sinha seems to have been very careful with the release of his recent venture ‘Tum Bin 2’ (2016). If reports are to be believed, actor Ishwak Singh’s role was kept under wraps due to the recent political situation connected with Pakistan.
As Deccan Chronicle reports, Singh stated, “Anubhav wanted to make a point in the film regarding Indian perceptions on Pakistan. If this angle was highlighted too much initially, then from the storyteller’s perspective, I feel the element of surprise would’ve gone missing.”
“Not all Pakistanis are anti-India; in fact most of them are not. My character isn’t even a Muslim, although he’s a Pakistani,” he went on to add.
Despite the current situation, the actor expressed that he had no qualms about playing such a character, “I guess that’s where my theatre training comes in handy. I’ve been doing a lot of work on stage in Delhi. The back story I prepared for my character was all I was thinking about. While shooting for ‘Tum Bin 2’, I actually believed I was a Pakistani living in Scotland. I pretty much alienated myself from my own identity, Ishwak, who I’d see as another person at times.”
Taking things further, by the sounds of things the film maker wanted to ensure that all sensetivities were kept to a minimum. So much so that parts of the film had to be edited out, as Singh went on to explain, “There was a scene where I speak of how my father, a Hindu engineer lost his life in a terrorist attack while working on a mosque in Pakistan. It didn’t make it to the final cut.”
Having recently been released, ‘Tum Bin 2’ also stars Neha Sharma, Aditya Seal and Aashim Gulati.