When Sajid Khan was supposed to play the role of Circuit, but could not
Popular movie characters Munna Bhai and his sidekick Circuit have made millions of viewers smile and laugh, every single time they have appeared on big screen. Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani had made his dream debut as a storyteller with his 2003 released iconic film ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’ which starred Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi playing the lovable jodi of Munna Bhai and Circuit respectively. For Sanjay Dutt as an actor, portraying the role of a bhai was not that difficult. But, certainly it was Arshad Warsi’s performance as Circuit that went on to surprise audiences, and ultimately won everyone’s hearts. However, recently we stumbled upon an interview where a certain filmmaker-actor had opened up on his biggest regret of not meeting Rajkumar Hirani who wanted him to do Circuit’s role in ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’. And it was none other than Sajid Khan. Yes! You read that right.
For the ones who aren’t aware, Sajid Khan had made his acting debut in Bollywood with late filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s last directorial ‘Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate’ (1998) which starred Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla playing the lead roles. After this film, the actor went on to host the popular TV show ‘Kehne Mein Kya Harj Hai’, and possibly it was somewhere during this time when the debutant filmmaker Hirani wanted to cast him for Circuit’s role. Perhaps, it was due to Sajid’s bang on comic timing. (Also Read:When Saif Ali Khan admitted that he was a nutcase…)
Recently, Sajid Khan’s debut film (as a director) ‘Heyy Babyy’ completed 10 years of its release, and the filmmaker gave an exclusive interview to DNA, on the occasion. During this interview, he was asked about the reason behind him acting in so few films. To which, he replied by saying, “I was offered quite a number of films after ‘Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate’, but I never intended to be an actor in the first place. My biggest regret in life, later, was not meeting Rajkumar Hirani when he wanted me to do Arshad’s role in ‘Munna Bhai’. Sanju also told me meet him. Maybe I was too busy with my TV work at that time and not keen on acting. I was offered ‘Shaandaar’ recently and another film called ‘Coffee with D’ in the main role. I don’t think I can be a lead actor, but a strong character actor. I’d like to do something I can pull off.”
What a surprising revelation made by Sajid. Well, we do think that the character of Circuit would have had a different flavour, had Sajid played the same. But, as they say, what is to happen will happen. It is all decided by fate. Ultimately, the role was played by Arshad Warsi, and earned him love and accolades alike.
Well it is now difficult for us to imagine anyone but Arshad Warsi in this role which his Bollywood career a new lease of life, and turned out to be a major turning point in his career.
When Sanjay Dutt didn't wake up for two days after taking drugs
Sunil and Nargis Dutt’s son, Sanjay Dutt‘s life has been a roller-coaster ride. Born in 1959, Sanjay Dutt’s life has always been under the media scanner. Though we know how eventful his life has been, after watching the trailer of his upcoming biopic ‘Sanju’, we all were quite surprised to know certain things about the various phases of this actor’s life. The film will apparently highlight all the highs and lows of Sanjay Dutt’s life in which his addiction to drugs will also form an integral part.
We came across an old video interview of the actor with veteran actress Simi Garewal from her show ‘Rendezvous with Simi Garewal’. In this interview, the actor spilled the beans on how badly his life got affected by his addiction to drugs. He went on to narrate an incidence where he once sniffed Heroin and went on to sleep for straight two days! (Also Read:‘Sanju’: Rajkumar Hirani recreates a scene from ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S’ after 15 years!)
Sanjay woke up in the morning next day feeling extremely hungry. He asked his servant to make something for him but was shocked to see his servant cry. When Sanjay asked him why he was crying, the servant told him that he had woken up after two long days. This specific incident had left his entire family scared. After this episode, the actor understood that it was time to wake up and smell the coffee before it gets too late.
You can check out his full interview below:
The actor later went into rehabilitation and came out clean. ‘Sanju’, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, has Ranbir Kapoor playing Sanjay Dutt. Also starring Sonam Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Vicky Kaushal, Manisha Koirala in pivotal roles, the film is all set to hit the silver screens on June 29. Till then stay tuned for more such interesting stories.
Ranbir Kapoor gave these many retakes for a scene in 'Saawariya'
Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the word perfection go hand in hand. The man is extremely particular when it comes to his film and takes care of even the minutest details in every scene. This is also the reason why most of his films are blockbusters. One of the actors who was privileged enough to work with this man is none other than Ranbir Kapoor. Mr Kapoor made his Bollywood debut with SLB’s directorial ‘Saawariya’. Though the movie did not work wonders at the box office, it did give a fair amount of recognition to Ranbir.
In a recent interaction with senior journalist Anupama Chopra, the actor recalled his ‘Saawariya’ days and spoke about the no. of retakes he had to deliver for one particular scene in the song ‘Jab Se Tere Naina.’ (Also Read:In Pics: Lovebirds Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt visit Sanjay Dutt’s residence)
The actor said,” I started with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and he doesn’t do anything less than 45 takes. So even if I had to turn my head, I probably had to give 50 takes. There was a shot in this so-called ‘towel song’ Jab Se Tere Naina, where I had to roll back on this chair and fall down and the towel had to fall in a certain way with my leg showing and there was one shot where I was lying down laughing and I had to get up and sing a song and he’s very particular about what beat you catch, he’s a very musical director – you fall on this beat, you lift your head here, you laugh here – everything is musical. I did 45 or 50 takes one day and my back really broke. The next morning when I came back, he said, ‘No, I’ve not got it’ and I had to do another 70 takes.”
Well, that is something huge but then if you wish to get appreciation from a man like Bhansali, you ought to put in that much amount of effort.