Nanas bond with police helps during Shagird shoot

Mumbai: The shooting for Tigmanshu Dhulia`s Shagird, where veteran Nana Patekar plays a Delhi-based cop, passed off smoothly given the actor`s good equations with the police force.

Nana has studied Figurative Art from J J School of Arts in Mumbai. He has always been very fond of art since childhood and was planning to pursue a career in the same field. But destiny had something else in store for him and he found himself doing theatre.

Later he started helping the police during the Mumbai riots. Even post riots, Nana offered help to the police as an undercover cop, sources close to the actor said.

In the upcoming film, Nana plays the character of ACP Hanumant Singh based in Delhi. The film has been shot at various locations in Delhi, India Gate being a crucial one.

Due to the good relations Nana shared with the police, he got blanket permission to shoot at these locations. The long procedures of paper work and permissions were saved. Not only this, the Delhi Police force extended great help and security towards the actor.

Says director Dhulia, "While shooting for the film I usually found police to be very warm to Nana Patekar. I thought for a long time it was because they love him as an actor. However, later I realised that he had a very special bond and thus permissions never were a hassle for us."

Shagird is set to release on May 13.