Abhishek Bacchan was the first choice for the film Lagaan, revealed Ashutosh Gowarikar
Oscar-Nominated Lagaan’s director, Ashutosh Gowarikar revealed that Abhishek Bachchan was his first Choice for the film Lagaan.
Every person has a different persona so the impact will be different for sure.
Here is the thought shared by Ashutosh Gowariker, on the star cast selection of his
Oscar-nominated movie Lagaan,
that before Amir Khan, Ashutosh Gowariker had approached Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan for the lead role Bhuvan, in the movie Lagaan.
Lagaan is Aamir’s first film as a producer, directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar and yes last Indian Movie to have been nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. “But did you ever heard that before Aamir Khan, Ashutosh Gowarikar had approached Abhishek Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan for the lead role?”
Lagaan became an epic for Amir Khan’s career. It was Aamir’s first film as a producer.
“But”, Do you have any acknowledgement that not Aamir, Abhishek Bachchan was the first choice of the Lagaan’s director Ashutosh Gowarikar?
Ashutosh Gowarikar stated to Rediff in 2001 that Abhishek ‘loved the film’. But when he got offered the a film by filmmakers, Abhishek was already involved in the planning to launch him with JP Dutta-, because they had to make a career move for Abhishek Bachchan so they had different plans for him.
Further he said “ I think they were right in those aspects. If he had done this, it would have become his launch film.
I think he would have played it differently too.”
About Shah Rukh Khan, Ashutosh said, “ He would have made a different kind Bhuvan.
See Bhuvan’s definitions change… As does the script. It’s like a paradigm shift. Every actor imparts his personality to a character…
The moment he does something, the characters undergoes a bit of change. And when he does it, everything around him changes. So obviously Shah Rukh Khan would have played it differently.
Abhishek’s father, Amitabh Bachchan, provided the narration for the film. But Aamir revealed in 2001 that Ashutosh had to be persuaded to retain Amitabh’s voiceover after the filmmaker had second thoughts about it.
Aamir said, “ I again went to Amitji and told him that my director has gone mad. He now wants you for the film. Amitji did not utter a word but reminded me that he was superstitious and felt that he brought bad luck. I said we are ready to take the risk because so many factors had gone against the film during the making but we had overcome all the difficulties.”
Now the film Lagaan completed 20 years of release on June 15. The film was epic and commercial for us.