Khan worked with Akhtar in his directorial debut ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ 20 years ago. He said that he always wondered how much fun it would be for a superstar to play a character who would have a non-caring attitude.
Akhtar said at the film’s online press conference, “I enjoyed playing a casually laid-back character like Aziz Ali. When I saw Aamir Khan in ‘Rangeela’, I thought how much fun he must have played a character who can say what he feels like. Has a carefree attitude. I was very happy when I got the opportunity to do this film.
The film will be released on July 16 on Amazon Prime Video. Hailed as an inspiring sports drama by a goon named Aziz Ali aka Ajju Bhai from Dongri Ki Sadan, ‘Toofan’ is set against the backdrop of boxing and narrates the story of its main character’s failure and a spectacular comeback.
Filmed in South Mumbai’s Nagpada, Toofan is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and scripted by Anjum Rajabali and Vijay Maurya. Akhtar credits co-actor Hussain Dalal, who hails from Nagpada, for helping him get into the character. The actor also thanked the people of Nagpada.