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The biggest hits of their career were NEVER meant to be theirs

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 2, 2010)

You talk to any film director and he’ll give you gyaan on how such and such actor is in the film because he/she fit the casting to the ‘t’.

Yet, the reality of the matter is something else. It is usually who is available; and sometimes who is more saleable.

Take the latest: Aamir Khan was never meant to be playing the idiot in his latest film. It was to be Shah Rukh Khan. Since SRK and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra had a difference of opinion, the Bollywood Badshah was replaced by Aamir. And while the rest is history, there are innumerable such examples in the film industry.

History knows that Amitabh Bachchan was not Prakash Mehra’s first choice for Zanjeer. It was meant to be Dev Anand or Raaj Kumar. When both actors said no, the Big B stepped in. Jaya Bachchan even thanked Dev saab for refusing the Zanjeer role. The film gave her — her real life husband and it gave Bollywood one of its most revered screen couples.

Today you wonder how Dev saab would ever have fit into the angry young man mould. But that’s an after-thought.
Hrishikesh Mukherjee wanted Raj Kapoor to play Anand. When he couldn’t, Hrishida sent for Shashi Kapoor but Rajesh Khanna wormed his way in. And till today Anand is synonymous with the 70s phenomenon.

Shatrughan Singh continues to smart that it was he who was to be Jai in the Jai-Veeru jodi of Sholay but because he was riding a crest of super-success then, he didn’t want to do a twohero film. Amitabh Bachchan got the role instead.
Aamir had been pencilled in for Yash Chopra’s Darr but at that point he ‘accused’ Yash of playing games. And SRK made a permanent place for himself in the YRF camp.
Ajay Devgn was to play Karan in Rakesh Roshan’s Karan Arjun. But he was ousted by politics and next thing you know is that Salman Khan was in. Till today Karan Arjun remains one of the biggest hits of Bollywood and Salman’s career. And it may become film history because he and bete noire are unlikely to star in a movie again.

Saif Ali Khan had qualms about playing a pansy in Dostana so John Abraham was brought in. John got male and female temperatures rising with this fun flick and is now a part of its sequel.

Kareena Kapoor asked for too much money for Kal Ho Na Ho; result — Preity Zinta landed this memorable film. Shah Rukh was meant to be playing Munnabhai but since he walked out after some miscommunication, Sanjay Dutt became Munna. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was in Chalte Chalte till Salman dropped in as an uninvited guest forcing SRK to call Rani Mukerji to replace her… and Rekha and Jaya would never have had their screen face-off in Silsila had Parveen Babi and Smita Patil done their roles.

Unlike real history, reel history is often made by default.
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By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 24, 2009)

Shatrughan Sinha will play NT Rama Rao, Telugu Desam party’s chief, in Ram Gopal Varma’s Rakta Charitra. The bio-pic is based on the alleged outlaw Paritala Ravindra, who was wanted for several serious cases, but he contested and won elections on a Telugu Desam ticket. The film will go on the floors in Hyderabad shortly.

Shatrughan Sinha

Ram Gopal Varma confirmed and said, “I chose Shatruji because he has a larger-than-life personality, which is required to play NT Rama Rao. NTR played a very important part in the life and political career of Paritala Ravi.” Talking about the film, Shatrughan Sinha said, “Rakta Charita is more like the Mahabharata in spirit than the Ramayana. The film’s tone is similar to that of The Godfather.” The film will be made in Hindi and Telugu and veteran actor Mohan Babu will play the role of NT Rama Rao in the Telugu version.

Shatrughan Sinha is livid at Arbaaz’s conviction that Bihar is risky as a location for Dabangg; will try to convince him to shoot there
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 13, 2009)

Shatrughan Sinha

Although several Indian films are shot in Bihar every year, its dubious reputation for law and order hasn’t made it a haven for filmmakers. Producer Arbaaz Khan has decided to stay away from the state for Dabangg. A source close to the unit said, “We’ve heard many shocking stories about Bihar. So it seems very risky for Salman, debutante Sonakshi Sinha and the rest of the unit to work in Bihar.” A faux-Bihar will be created in Wai, Nasik and the suburbs of Mumbai, for the film.

However, Shatrughan Sinha, Sonakshi’s father, is aghast at the thought. Born in the state, he recently contested the election and won a seat from Bihar. He said, “What better occasion to prove that Bihar is safe, than my own daughter’s film? I’m certainly going to suggest to Salman and Arbaaz that they shoot at least a portion of Dabangg in Bihar.”

Not many know that Shatrughan Sinha has submitted a proposal for a film city in Patna to Bihar’s chief minister Nitish Kumar. Talking about his pet project, he said, “I don’t know why that proposal was brushed under the carpet. I feel a culture centre in Bihar which would include cinema, theatre and television would encourage and cultivate local talent. It would also encourage Bollywood to visit Bihar. Sadly even our Bihari filmmaker in Bollywood, Prakash Jha, has shot all his Bihar-based films like Mrityudand, Apaharan and Gangaajal outside Bihar. I’d like to change this.”

HOT: Salman Khan and (below) Sonu Sood
Salman Khan and Sonu Sood to strip off for fight scene

SHARIN WADER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; July 11, 2009)

Arbaaz Khan has invited Sonu Sood to step outside the shower and show his ripped body alongside Salman Khan’s in his first home production Dabangg. The idea came after Arbaaz struggled to find a match to give the original six-pack star a takkar in the film. He wants to show a bare-bodied fight between the two and this seems to be working well.

Both Salman and Sonu are Biharis in the film, but Salman plays a corrupt cop, perhaps his first
negative role. Their roles require them to speak with Bihari accents, which should be a challenge for Salman, he being notorious for an American twang in his dialogue delivery. Sonu, fortunately, had the bright idea of visiting his friend, Bihar’s infamous politician Pappu Yadav, for on-the-spot lessons.

The film also marks the debut of Shatrughan Sinha’s gorgeous daughter Sonakshi Sinha opposite
Salman. She won’t be needing any lessons in how to be a Bihari having picked up mannerisms ever since she was dandled on her father’s knee as a baby… Shotgun Sinha being Bihar’s mouthpiece in Bollywood.

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