News|December 28, 2011 3:41 pm

Rishi Kapoor wasn’t willing to turn negative for Agneepath

It was said that Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt’s characters were defficult to find the perfect actor to suit the character, but as the sources says, the most difficult to be cast in Agneepath was Rishi Kapoor,

Rishi Kapoor kept Karan Johar waiting for 100 days before consenting to do the film where he would be seen in a negative role,

Source says,

Rishiji plays ‘Rauf Lala’ in the film and those who have seen Amitabh Bachchan’s version of AGNEEPATH would remember that there was no such character in the original. When director Karan Malhotra approached Rishiji with this character, he was simply shocked. Though he has played a villain in KAL KISSNE DEKHA and BOL RADHA BOL, it still wasn’t as menacing as AGNEEPATH. He flatly refused because he was unsure if he would be able to do justice to the film,

He was wondering if the audience will like or will accept him as a villain, because Rishi has always been the chocolat boy of bollywood,

Source said,

Karan Malhotra was insistent though that he had to step into this role. However whenever he used to talk to Rishiji about this, he used to tick him off stating that his inclusion may end up harming the film, more so since audience would be fine with Hrithik and Dutt enacting Vijay Deenanath Chauhan and Kaancha Cheena but not Rishi Kapoor as Rauf Lala. It was only after the young director continued with his attempts at convincing him for months at stretch that he finally said ‘yes’ to playing the character,

As always, after the shooting started, Rishi Kapoor ended up shocking both Karan’s with his briliant acting in negative character as well,

Karan Malhotra, the director of the film says,

He is every bit the Rauf Lala that I had written. He was the most difficult to be cast in the film but his performance speaks for himself. Trust me; it is going to shock a lot of people, especially those who are familiar with his extensive body of work.