To recap a bit, the film is based on the real-life daring heist in 1987 where an unknown man posing as ‘CBI officer Mon Singh’ recruited 26 men and executed a daylight raid on the Opera House branch of Tribhuvandas Bhimji Jewellers, and disappeared with jewellery worth lakhs.
Akshay Kumar has been recruited to play the imposer CBI officer. Now interestingly Manoj Bajpai has been roped in to play the real CBI officer.
“So you could say Akshay and Manoj would be playing spitting images of one another, one real and the other an imposter,” says a source
Manoj who hasn’t played a cop since Shool and Jaago is very excited about getting the hang of a role where he has to play against Akshay Kumar within the same space.
Says a friend of Manoj, “It’s a real challenge. Because Manoj has to be exactly what Akshay’s character is posing to be. It’s a tough role requiring loads of preparation. And it comes at a time when Manoj Bajpai has to prepare for his role of a naxalite in Prakash Jha’s next.”
Manoj and director Neeraj Pandey remained unavailable for comment.