Aamir Khan visited Hrithik Roshan's house to persuade him for Rang De Basanti: 'It’s a good film, kar le'
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has revealed Aamir Khan visited Hrithik Roshan to pursue him for Rang De Basanti. The filmmaker had offered him the role of Karan Singhania.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra revealed Aamir Khan had attempted to convince Hrithik Roshan to play the role of Karan Singhania in Rang De Basanti. The role was eventually played by Tamil actor Siddharth.
In his autobiography titled The Stranger in the Mirror, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra described the challenges he faced during the making of Rang De Basanti. One of them included the casting of Karan Singhania. The director revealed that he had approached a few people, including Farhan Akhtar, Abhishek Bachchan, and Hrithik Roshan.
"Every known actor kept declining the role to play Karan Singhania. I had first offered it to Farhan Akhtar. This was a time when he had never acted in a film before and was one of the most respected young directors. He was both surprised and amused. When I narrated it to Abhishek, he told me point-blank, ‘I thought you are crazy but after hearing your narration I think you are completely nuts,’" he wrote in the book, as reported by News18.
"I requested Aamir to put in a word with Hrithik Roshan. Aamir even went to Hrithik’s house. ‘It’s a good film—kar le’ (do it). But it wasn’t meant to be. Finally, Siddharth signed on the dotted line in January 2005, one month before the shoot. He had never done a Hindi film before. Bharathi had seen the Tamil film Boys, starring Siddharth, a couple of months before the shoot, and his energy and unique combination of innocence and naivety came through. She thought he could pull off the conflict in Karan’s character well. The senior actors accepted the smaller parts with grace—Om Puri, Anupam Kher, Kirron Kher, Mohan Agashe and K.K. Raina are all masters of their craft and formed a dependable unit on which we built the movie," he added.
Rakeysh had previously revealed that he had approached Shah Rukh Khan for the role of Flt Lt Ajay Rathod. He had said that the dates didn't work out. In the book, he revealed he had flown down to the US, where the actor was shooting for Swades, to sign him for the film but plans did not pan out. The role eventually was essayed by R Madhavan.