It was for a few minutes that students of Hindu college were completely doused in the colours of Chakravyuh - the film when its cast comprising Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai, Abhay Doel, Esha Gupta, Anjali Patil and director Prakash Jha entered the college premises.
The crew turned up in clothes similar to what they sport in the film, in which Arjun and Esha play cops, while Manoj Bajpai and Abhay Doel and Anjali are naxalites. For the over-enthusiastic students, hordes of security personnel did not mean much as they mobbed the actors.
What came as a surprise was when Arjun Rampal was taking rounds on the bonnet of a jeep, somebody from the crowd tore off his ‘uniform’.
“What are you guys doing? Every time I come to this college, you guys always increase my laundry and tailor bill,” laughed Arjun who graduated in Economics from the college and was a hosteller here.
Prakash Jha who is also a graduate from DU and has also shot Dil Dosti in the college hostel said that they “are back again but this time it is to break the Chakravyuh of cops and naxalites.”
As the crew was late by about two hours and more, Manoj Bajpai, decided to entertain students with some dialogues from the movie film. “Hamar movement janta ke liye hai, aoke raksha ke liye hum kachu bhi kar sakte hain.” (Our movement is for the people and we can do anything for that), and began sloganeering real filmy style with Lal Salaam Zindabad.
He later recited dialogues from his previous blockbuster hit Gangs of Wasseyypur - ‘Sardar Khan naam hai humar, vidhyak Ramadheer Singh of office mei koot diyem sab ke saamne,’ much to the delight of fans.
Abhay Doel appreciated the crowd for turning up at the event. “Unfortunately I have not studied in Delhi but spent time here during the shooting of Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye and Dev D. I will be back in November,” he promised.
It was time for Esha Gupta to say something for her fans, who were constantly cheering for her. “Hello Hindu College,” she began, “it is said that there are good-looking people in Mumbai only but you guys look amazing!” which was greeted with whistles and cheers some more.
For freshers it meant unbridled excitement. “It is for the first time I saw an actor standing directly in front of me!” squealed said Abilasha Singh, a student of Zoology (Hons) Ist year. “I was so glad to see Abhay. He looks soo cute.”
But it wasn’t just the girls going nuts. Even boys from the hostel were busy staring at the stars from the hostel windows, corridors and rooftop.