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Bollywood poster boy Imran Khan toughened up his image to play the rugged hero in director Vishal Bhardwaj's forthcoming Matru Ki Bijlee ka Mandola, released through Twentieth Century Fox this Friday, January 11, 2013.

Bhardwaj (Omkara, Maqbool) requested Imran to completely get into the skin of his character Matru by immersing himself in the Haryana way of life. The actor spent a month with five Jhat (a North Indian caste) boys from Delhi to assimilate their language and mannerisms.

Imran had to change his body language and learn Haryanvi for the role. He had to eat with the Jhat boys, go shopping with them and only speak and respond in Haryanvi, not uttering a word of English for the whole month. Imran was mentored for the part by theatre maestro Nk Sharma, who runs the Delhi-based act 1theatre Group.

Only when the intensive training session was completed, and both Vishal Bhardwaj »

- David Bentley

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