When little-known Bollywood director Nabh Kumar Raju was looking for six actors to star in his movie on the underworld, he had one criterion: they should have committed or had a brush with crime at some point of their lives.
So he hires 6 ex-cons. Holy Mother of All Method, this man is a Verite-casting genius. Lars Von Trier would be proud of him.
But did casting 6 ex-criminals make his job any easier?
"During the first acting workshop, these guys had a big fight for about 15 minutes. Even today I am still really shocked about it."
But the fight sequences must have been a breeze? Not really, it turns out. The too-real violent takes left the the fight director feeling "very scared during the shoot".
"the actors would get so involved in the scene sometimes that during a fight sequence, they would actually beat each other up."
I know what you are thinking - how could the fight director be intimidated so easily? Well, if your cast starts using real chairs to hit one another on the head, you too would be caca-ing bricks.
Raju's Blues. (link to BBC.)