Rajinikanth didn’t want me to be villain in Robot: Amitabh Bachchan

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 03, 2016 17:31 IST
There were reports that Bachchan was approached for Robot 2, but the star dismissed it. (AP)

Amitabh Bachchan made a revelation at a recent event in Mumbai that Tamil superstar and the actor’s good friend, Rajinikanth, told him not to play villain in latter’s hit film Robot.

The 2010 Tamil movie, directed by S Shankar, starred Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in lead roles.

“Shankar had come to me and he wanted me to play the villain (in Robot). I called Rajini. He said, ‘people will not accept you as a villain, so don’t do it’. I said ok,” Bachchan said in an interview here.

There were reports that Bachchan was approached for Robot 2, but the star dismissed it, saying he was not offered the role.

Meanwhile, gossip mills are also abuzz that Bachchan would be a part of Dhoom 4.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rajinikanth in a still from Enthiran. (YouTube)

To this, he said, “I heard it for the first time.”

The 73-year-old actor will be next seen in Bejoy Nambiar’s Wazir with Farhan Akhtar and Aditi Rao Hydari. He will also be seen in Sujoy Ghosh’s Te3n and Aankhen 2.

Read: Resul Pookutty to join Rajinikanth’s Enthiran prequel, 2.0

“We will start Aankhen 2 in March. I play the same role,” he said.

Aankhen, a 2002 heist thriller drama, was directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah. The film was an adaptation of Shah’s own Gujarati play Andhalo Pato.

You can watch the full movie here:

It told the story of Vijay Singh Rajput (Bachchan) a hard-working but temperamental man, who has spent all his life working for one bank and even achieving them international recognition.

When Vijay loses his mind and goes on a violent rampage, beating up another employee, he is subsequently fired.

He decides to take vengeance by organising a heist and having the same bank robbed by three blind men, as no one will suspect them. The film also starred Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Arjun Rampal and Sushmita Sen.

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