It was originally entitled Karnama. It was changed to Besharam to accommodate the brazenness-quotient that Ranbir’s character crams into his conman’s role.
w It was to be produced by Viacom 18 who pulled out as the budget was way beyond their expectations. Reliance gladly stepped in.
w Director Abhinav Kashyap was offered a chance by producer Arbaaz Khan to direct Dabangg 2. He instead preferred to spend more than a year working on what finally became Besharam.
w The vivacious Tapsee Pannu was auditioned opposite Ranbir. She flunked. Pallavi Sharda who is a ‘close friend’ of the director was selected.
w Ranbir had to do a sequence with his dad where the younger Kapoor had to call the senior abusive names. In real life, Ranbir can’t even look into his dad’s eyes while talking.
w Ranbir had to urinate into a sarson field while singing Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jaana Sanam from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge in a Haryanvi accent. The director was not sure if Shah Rukh Khan and Aditya Chopra would see the humour of it. It was Ranbir who convinced his director to go for it.
w Besharam opens on Gandhi Jayanti. We doubt Bapu would have approved. It’s a Wednesday release. No Hindi film has been released on a Wednesday. Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son Of Sardaar were released on Tuesday November 13, 2012.