Director Nikkhil Advani’s film, D-Day, will be released on Monday, 8 years. The film featured the late actors Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan Khan along with Arjun Rampal, Huma Qureshi and Shruti Haasan. The film, which was well received at the box office, is special for more than one reason. D-Day was the only movie where Irrfan and Rishi shared screen space. Sadly, Bollywood lost both actors to cancer in 2020.
D-Day saw Irrfan play an undercover RAW agent while Rishi played a don. Speaking to film critic Rajeev Masand, director Nikkhil Advani spoke about working with the two legends in his 2013 spy thriller, revealing that Rishi Kapoor had complained to him about Irrfan.
“When they got together, Rishi Kapoor had heard that Irrfan Khan is this great actor. So he wanted to see it and luckily for me they did this one scene where Irrfan decided to improvise. And Irrfan never gives the same signal again. So Rishi Kapoor called me and said, ‘Usko samjhao, usko acting nahi aati hai (talk to him, he doesn’t know acting). He has to hit his cue, otherwise I don’t know how to do and what to say.’ So I explained to him and said, ‘Sir, don’t worry. You start talking whenever you want, don’t worry about him.’ They were just very different, but they were very special. The film has now become even more special for me,” said the director.
He also recalled an incident about how Irrfan Khan convinced Rishi Kapoor to spend a night in the Kutch desert with the promise of “chicken jungli and alcohol.”
“We were shooting in the desert and while Irrfan and a lot of the team were sleeping in tents, Chintuji drove two hours back to the hotel. He was averse to early morning shoots, but there was a sunrise shot we had to take with him and he refused to obey and said, ‘I’m an actor, not doodhwala.’ Irrfan finally managed to convince him to spend the night with us in the desert with the promise of Chicken Jungli and alcohol. It was an almost impossible feat in Kutch, but he delivered on his promise and I got my chance,” Nikkhil told Mid-Day.
Nikkhil had previously admitted that Rishi Kapoor’s role as Rauf Lala in Agneepath led him to believe that the actor can draw Goldman’s character. “Rauf Lala in Agneepath made me believe that Rishi Kapoor was my Goldman (his character in ‘D-Day’). I had to convince him after a can test, which was done a few months before filming started,” he said as reported by News18.
Last year, the filmmaker shared the clip with Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan Khan from D-Day, which went viral on social media. Irrfan and Rishi died within a day of each other. Nikkhil wrote: “Never did any of us think that this picture would get used to the way it is. The movie that changed my life in a funny way will now be remembered for such a different reason.”
Rishi Kapoor breathed his last on April 30 last year after a two-year battle with leukemia, while Irrfan passed away on April 29, 2020.