Producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra admits that after delivering the biggest box-office grosser, 3 Idiots (2009), every A-list star was ready to do Ferrari Ki Sawaari (FKS). He, too, had toyed with the idea of making this next film, revolving around a nine-year-old boy, with either Aamir Khan or Shah Rukh Khan, who was the first choice for Munnabhai, playing the doting father in FKS.
“I was impressed with Aamir’s perfectionism in 3 Idiots. I knew Shah Rukh and liked his charm, and was a fan of Sharman (Joshi), after having seen him give a perfect take without any rehearsals as Raju Rastogi in 3 Idiots. Vinod gave me the freedom to decide on the cast,” says director Rajesh Mapuskar, admitting that while the Khans were big stars, Sharman came closest to the character every time he auditioned.
In FKS, Rusy is an indulgent father who, to live out his son’s dream of playing at Lords, borrows a red Ferrari for an hour without informing its legendary owner, and takes off on a wild, life-changing ride. “Sharman became Rusy every time he stepped in front of the camera. He was the best, with a killer smile,” recalls Rajesh.
Vinod was in the US when he was told that Sharman was the best choice. He wasn’t impressed, but since the actor was going to meet him, he decided to at least see the auditions. “And I was bowled over, he was Rusy!” exults Vinod. Rajesh remembers Vinod telling him, “You make a film with whom you want, without worrying about the crores it’ll make. He (Vinod) believes in the story and is confident that even without the stars, it’ll strike a chord.”