Farah Khan's directorial debut Main Hoon Na has been loved by the audience. Every character in the film had their own impact on the screen, so much so, that they have become household names for their portrayal. And one of the them is the character of Laxman Prasad Sharma, which is played Zayed Khan. But did you know things would have been different if Hrithik Roshan had not rejected the offer?
Yes, you read that right. Farah had approached Hrithik for the role of Shah Rukh Khan's estranged brother Laxman aka Lucky in Main Hoon Na before Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai. Hrithik was also keen to the role. But when Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai became a superhit, he turned down the offer since he didn't want to do a two-hero film.
“We didn’t have anyone for Laxman’s role literally a month before the shoot. When I was shooting for Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai with Hrithik, I had approached him and he was very excited. But then Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai went through the roof and they were not keen on a double hero film then. I did think of Farhan Akhtar but he was a full-on director at that time. I also spoke with Sohail Khan and Abhishek Bachchan,” Farah had told Bollywood Hungama.
She had added, “We couldn’t push the film’s schedule as we had to shoot the film in December because that was the month when the school was allotted to us. That’s when I saw Chura Liya Hai Tumne, which had Zayed Khan and Esha Deol. Shirish Kunder was its editor. He showed me its rushes and it was terrible! But there was something endearing about him. His smile and persona had that goofiness which I needed. So when Hrithik was doing it, the character of Laxman was very macho with muscles. Probably how he was in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. But when Zayed Khan came on board, I made him this overconfident, goofy chap and I think it worked in the movie.”
Main Hoon Na stars Shah Rukh Khan as Major Ram Prasad Sharma, Suniel Shetty as ex-Major Raghavan Singh Dutta, Amrita Rao as Sanjana aka Sanju Bakshi, Kirron Kher as Mrs. Madhu Sharma, Sushmita Sen as Miss Chandni Chopra and other supporting cast.
Stay tuned to BollywoodLife for the latest scoops and updates from Bollywood, Hollywood, South, TV and Web-Series.
Click to join us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram. Also follow us on Facebook Messenger for latest updates.