Vinod Khanna charmed his way into the hearts of the audience in the 1970s and 1980s. The Bollywood heartthrob was known for his diverse body of work which brought him accolades across the nation. The unmatched aura and smoldering good looks made him one of the most sought-after leading men of Hindi cinema.
“No one walked the way Vinod Khanna did,” said Amitabh Bachchan in an emotional blog after Vinod Khanna passed away in 2017. The legendary actor was particularly known for his ‘panther walk’.
Now, a recent ETimes report suggests that a version of his iconic walk has been borrowed by actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui for his character in Heropanti 2.
For the unversed, Nawaz is known to be extremely observant of people and he often infuses striking quirks, traits of people around him into his screen characters. The actor reportedly borrowed his greeting style, ‘Hello Sir’ from The Lunchbox, from a friend. His evil, funny laugh from Kick was inspired by Manoj Bajpayee’s character in Aks.
Nawaz, who is currently in London shooting for his upcoming film Heropanti 2, shared an interesting detail about his character. “I observe interesting people a lot aur woh dimaag mein reh jaata hai,” he continued, “For instance, the energy is slightly different, but I have tried to replicate Vinod Khanna’s walk-in Heropanti 2. I loved him as an actor and also his persona and style. Unka ek alag hi swag tha. His walk had a slight feminine grace. Usi movement ko maine exaggerate kiya hai. Ahmed Bhai and I discussed it and decided to go ahead with it.”
Work-wise, Nawaz’s film No Land's Man received global recognition after the film was nominated for the Kim Jiseok Award at the upcoming 26th Busan International Film Festival.
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