Ram Gopal Varma rejected Shah Rukh Khan, Kamal Haasan for this film; director reveals SRK looked 'very odd on-screen'

Ram Gopal Varma once approached Shah Rukh Khan and Kamal Haasan for his popular directorial. However, he rejected them and shared the reason as well.

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Ram Gopal Varma rejected Shah Rukh Khan, Kamal Haasan for this film; director reveals SRK looked 'very odd on-screen'
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Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma spilt some beans about his 2002 film Company and revealed that Ajay Devgn, Vivek Oberoi, and Mohanlal weren't the original choices for their respective roles. Company was the second instalment of RGV's Indian Gangster Trilogy after Satya (1998). The character of N. Malik was based on Dawood Ibrahim, and Chandrakant "Chandu" Nagre played by Vivek was based on Chhota Rajan. 

Who were the original choices of Ram Gopal Varma for Company?

In his YouTube channel, Ram Gopal Varma revealed that at one point he was considering Shah Rukh Khan as Dawood Ibrahim, but then chucked the thought. Talking about the same, RGV said, "At one point in time, I wanted Shah Rukh. I met Shah Rukh, and he was excited. I wanted Shah Rukh for Dawood. But I felt that he’s very hyper; his energy, the way he is… That’s what people like. I thought, to make him very subtle – not moving at all and very silent — I thought it would look very odd on screen. Which is the reason I didn’t pursue it. I just had one meeting with him, but I didn’t pursue him because I just felt that his body language was wrong for the part." 

Speaking about the character Chandru, the Sarkar director revealed that he wanted Abhishek Bachchan for the role, but he was busy with other projects, and that's how Vivek got his debut movie. 

Ram Gopal Varma approached Kamal Haasan for Company? 

In the same conversation, RGV revealed that before Mohanlal, he approached Kamal Haasan for the role. However, after meeting him, Varma felt the same as he felt about SRK. So, that's how Mohanlal was finalised for the role. This movie marked Mohanlal's debut in Hindi cinema. After Company, the third instalment of the trilogy was Randeep Hooda's D (2005). However, as compared to the last two instalments, D underperformed at the box office. 

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