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Maddy denies rift with Mani Ratnam

Rumour mills say that he ditched Mani at the last moment. Maddy aims high

india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 14:35 IST

Actor R Madhavan is appalled at reports alleging he has refused to work in Mani Ratnam's new film Guru and has left his mentor in a lurch.

"Am I mad to say no to Mani sir? He made my career in Hindi films. I'd happily accept any role he offers me," Madhavan said explaining his side of the story.

With two Hindi films Dil Se and Yuva behind him, Tamil maverick Ratnam is in an acute casting crisis for his third Hindi film Guru.

He has cast Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and Vidya Balan for the film. But the second hero seems to be eluding Ratnam big time.

Casting has always been a major problem in Ratnam's Hindi cinema. For Dil Se, the director badly wanted Kajol and then Rani Mukerji but he had to settle for Manisha Koirala.

Yuva, too, went through several casting shuffles. Bobby Deol declined the lead on monetary issues and finally Ajay Devgan played the part.

Madhavan is appalled at reports alleging he has refused to work in Mani Ratnam's new film Guru and has left his mentor in a lurch.

It's unclear how Ratnam intends to deal with the current casting crisis. After John Abraham said no (and apparently didn't even meet the director), reports in Chennai suggested Ratnam's favourite actor Madhavan was all set to rescue his mentor from this casting crisis.

But Madhavan shoots down the suggestion.

"First of all, Mani sir hasn't approached me for this film. So where's the question of my asking him for a narration. Secondly, I have done career-making roles with him in Alai Payuthe, Kannathil Muttamittal and the Tamil version of Yuva where I played Abhishek's role.

"My role in Mani sir's Hindi film has to be ground-breaking," said the actor currently basking in the success of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Rang De Basanti.

"That has been a life-changing experience. I knew I had no more than 10 minutes on screen. I had no space to act. Just react. That's exactly what I did. And now, when Rang De Basanti is such a craze, I feel good about it."

The actor's latest Tamil release Thambi is a hit.

"I'm called Thambi instead of Maddy on the streets. It's a new high. I guess my son Vedant has brought me luck."