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Say What! Boman Irani rejected playing ‘Virus’ in ‘3 Idiots’ and recommended Irrfan Khan

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Irrfan Khan may have left us for his heavenly abode last month, but stories about him just don’t stop even now. The unsung superstar’s tales narrated by close ones have been flooding the internet since a while now. The latest to share an incident with Irrfan Khan is Boman Irani. The ‘3 Idiots’ star opened up about how he had recommended Irrfan Khan for the pivotal role of ‘Virus’ in the film.

Talking about remembering Irrfan Khan to Bollywood Hungama, Boman Irani revealed, “My role in ‘3 Idiots’ was very similar to the role in ‘Munnabhai MBBS’. If you put a magnifying glass, they are very similar characters. They were so similar- both were a dean, both their daughters fell in love with a hero whom he saw as a pain in his eye. And I told Raju that it is the same role and then Raju said no. And I said I won’t do it. I had refused the role of ‘3 Idiots’.

Boman Irani went on to further add to it saying, “There was so much love and respect for a co-actor, a colleague, I said take Irrfan Khan for ‘3 Idiots’. I said I think he will be superb in that role. Because whatever he does, he does it superbly. But Raju said that he is too young and then I asked that am I too old and then we laughed on it and went on to work on the character to make it a little different.

When Bollywood Hungama asked Boman Irani about being close to Irrfan Khan, he said, “I had the greatest regard for Irrfan Khan. I am not good with going to people’s vanity vans. There are several vans in the film city but I never go to any because it is an invasion of privacy. For some reason, I would visit Irrfan, because I just wanted to be around a man who has worked all his life to come from small little parts to being a bigger international star.

Well, we can’t imagine anyone else doing ‘Virus’ instead of Boman Irani, but yes, if we had to pick someone, Irrfan Khan would have surely made the second-best choice after Boman. What do you think folks?

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