Shah Rukh Khan was not the first choice for Salman Khan’s Wanted, clarifies Boney Kapoor
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On the 11th anniversary of Salman Khan’s Wanted, co-producer Boney Kapoor said that Shah Rukh Khan, contrary to rumours, was not the first choice for the film.
Wanted, the film responsible for giving Salman Khan’s career a new lease of life, has completed 11 years of its release today. The actioner, directed by Prabhudheva, starred Ayesha Takia as the female lead and featured Vinod Khanna, Mahesh Manjrekar, Prakash Raj, Manoj Pahwa, Mehek Chahal, Inder Kumar and Aseem Merchant in important roles, among others.
An official remake of the 2006 Telugu film Pokiri, it had emerged a big hit at the box office, going on to collect over Rs 60 crore in its lifetime. Even after over a decade of its release, the film continues to be enjoyed on the television by the superstar’s millions of fans.
A rumour about Wanted is that Shah Rukh Khan was the first choice for the film. It is also mentioned in the trivia section of the film’s IMDb page. According to the website, SRK had refused the part, saying that no one could play that better than Mahesh Babu, the lead actor in the original film.
However, Boney Kapoor, the film’s co-producer, rubbished the rumour in a recent interview with Bollywood Hungama. He said that Salman was the one and only choice for the main role and that SRK was never offered the film. He revealed that Salman had agreed to watch the film after much insistence and that once he did, he loved it and gave thumbs up to him.
Salman’s name in Wanted was Radhe. Since his character is called the same in the forthcoming Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai, it was speculated that the film was a sequel to Wanted. However, the superstar, at a press conference, had clarified that they had only used the name of the character.
Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai was slated to hit the screens on Eid this year but due to coronavirus pandemic, it stands postponed indefinitely.