Shah Rukh was Mani’s first choice
The actor said that he had very much wanted to
do a project with Ratnam
Shah Rukh Khan
If all had gone according to Mani Ratnam’s plans, it would be Shah
Rukh Khan and not Abhishek Bachchan that people would have watched in
Ravan! News is that Ratnam had written the script for the bi-lingual
movie Ravan with Shah Rukh in mind.
Lead actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had also recommended Shah Rukh
for the role. The actor was approached and a meeting was set.
Unfortunately, as things turned out a long delay following the initial
discussion led to Shah Rukh signing on for Aditya Chopra’s Rab Ne Bana
The actor confirmed it recently and said that he had very much wanted
to do a project with Ratnam. Their last big project together had been
Dil Se. It was also around this time that King Khan had decided against
‘3 Idiots’, and the talks for ‘Robot’ with Shankar had reached a dead
end. Previously, Shah Rukh was first choice to Ashutosh Gowariker’s
Jodhaa Akbar, which also didn’t pan out for the star. However King Khan
is hardly worried given that he has his hands full with numerous
projects for the coming year.