July 14, 2018 19:02 IST

Dulquer Salmaan receives a special pre-birthday gift from Karwaan director Akarsh Khurana

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Dulquer Salmaan who is all set to mark his Bollywood debut with Karwaan receives a pre-birthday gift from director Akarsh Khurana. Akarsh Khurana is gifting Dulquer the blue van that he travels in, with co-stars Irrfan Khan and Mithila Palkar on board, through the film. While talking about the gift, Akarsh shared, "There are two reasons for gifting DQ this van. One, of course, is emotional. It was almost like an important character in the film and the two spent a lot of time together. Two, it’s been through a lot of wear and tear and is all beat up now. It needs an automobile fanatic like DQ to give it a new lease of life," adding that the van travelled from Mumbai to Bangalore, Ooty, Kochi, in fact, all over Kerala, eventually finding its way back to Aram Nagar in Andheri.
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The filmmaker recalls that once, while they were shooting, Dulquer braked suddenly and he sprawled on the focus puller who in turn fell on the camera. “Sneha Taurani, the associate director, couldn’t stop laughing,” he flashbacks with a smile. On another occasion, they were shooting within a campus in Ooty but since the roads were really steep, it was taking too long so they just drove out. “We knew production would panic because we were driving out with stars and without permission or security but we needed the shot. So, we switched off our phones and walkie-talkies and just rolled. The production guys went crazy but we got some great shots and it was a nice drive,” Akarsh adds.