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‘Badhaai Ho’: Irrfan Khan and Tabu were the first choices to play Ayushmann Khurrana’s parents

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Ayushmann Khurrana has garnered a lot of praise for his enthralling performance in ‘Andhadhun’.  His second movie ‘Badhaai Ho’ is on the way to its release this Friday and he has already received a positive response from his fans even before the release of the movie and why not? He is such a prolific actor who has always wooed the audiences with his stellar performances.

‘Badhaai Ho’ stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra, Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao. Neena and Gajraj are playing Ayushmann’s parents but they were not the first choices of the director. Shocked? But it’s true. This is revealed by the director of the film Amit Ravindernath Sharma in a recent interview with PTI. In the interview, he said that Tabu and Irrfan Khan were the first preferences.

Amit Sharma said, “We approached Tabu mam in the beginning as we thought she would be nice in the role. But she’s the one who suggested Neena mam’s name and said ‘You need someone slightly older so that when people see her getting pregnant, there’s this disbelief” “here is an age difference between the two and I liked Tabu’s suggestion. Neena mam is perfect for the role.”

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“When we thought of Irrfan and Tabu, we thought that they would be the best husband and wife. But both of them said though they’re relatable and have worked as pairs on screen but if we have a father who isn’t as fit and the mother slightly older, it’ll be more relatable. Neena and Gajraj feel more real and organic. So it all clicked,” added Amit.

Meanwhile, Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao have got a heartwarming response by the critics for their roles in the movie. Do you think that Tabu and Irrfan could have pulled off the characters better than Neena and Gajraj? Do let us know.

Also Read‘Badhaai Ho’ Movie Review: This breezy family drama will make you laugh, cry and help break stereotypes


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