The Band Of Boys, And Those Two Girls
Karan Singhania, Aslam, Sukhi, Laxman Pandey, Flt Lt Ajay Rathod, Sonia, Sue...
- Karan Singhania is given to brooding. Born into a rich family, he can't communicate with his industrialist father, but nurses fond memories, and a picture of his (possibly dead or estranged) mother, above all thinks there is life in migrating abroad. Siddharth Suryanarayan is best known for playing Vivek Oberoi's character in the Tamil version of Mani Ratnam's Yuva. An MBA who dabbled in amateur theatre in Delhi, he has been associate director to Mani Ratnam and wrote the story and screenplay for the latest Telugu film he also stars in, Chukkallo Chandrudu. His biggest success before RDB has been Prabhu Deva's directorial debut, the Rs 30-crore grosser Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana.
- Aslam comes from an orthodox Muslim family that opposes his Hindu friends and hedonistic lifestyle. Their willing ghettoisation suffocates him. Kunal Kapoor has been an assistant to Mehra for Aks. He first ventured into acting on screen in M.F. Husain's Meenaxi, and has been part of Naseeruddin Shah's theatre group for the past year.
- Sukhi, the joker of the pack, has only one wish in life—that he shouldn't die a virgin. He is also the voice of conscience and sanity when his friends spontaneously take to arms. Sharman Joshi debuted with Godmother, and is known for his competent performances in forgettable films like Style and Excuse Me. RDB provides the added stamp of quality.
- Laxman Pandey is the fundamentalist who discovers his idealistic, liberal heart when he joins the group. Atul Kulkarni, the only other wellknown and seasoned actor in the group, apart from Aamir, was trained at NSD, and has been part of Maharashtra's Rang Vardhan movement that networks amateur theatre groups. He is best known for playing Gandhi in the play Gandhi Viruddh Gandhi, the humane don Potya Sawant in Chandni Bar and the firebrand Shriram Abhayankar, the rightwing leader plotting to kill Gandhi in Kamalahaasan's Hey Ram.
- Flt Lt Ajay Rathod is the one who truly believes in the spirit of India. "Koi bhi desh perfect nahin hota, usey perfect banaana padta hai"—that is his motto. R. Madhavan used to do television and is now a star.
- Sonia, the only girl in the group, cared for and caring. Soha Ali Khan, sister of Saif and daughter of Sharmila Tagore, seen in less noticed films like Pyaar Mein Twist, hit big league with RDB and earlier with Rituparno Ghosh's Antarmahal.
- Sue, the documentary filmmaker, who casts her freedom fighters from the band of reckless youngsters. Alice Patten, the British actress, is the daughter of Lord Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, before the takeover by China.
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