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Amitabh Bachchan and Dhanush on stage dressed like magicians ushered the trailer launch of their upcoming film Shamitabh, . In tinted Lennon glasses and a black costume, the two were soon bickering over who had pulled the greatest tricks. “Main hoon Shamitabh…. Main hoon Shamitabh...” resounded through the hall as Akshara Haasan tried pacifying two actors
It was rumoured that Shah Rukh Khan was the first choice of the role of the mute character and then the character was called Shah Nawaz. But he couldn’t do the film for ‘various reasons’ and that is when Dhanush stepped in. “I’m just happy I’m in it, I couldn’t have asked for a better second film. I’m aware that I’m not exactly a hero material and after Raanjhanaa I just kept getting similar roles. Some were actually good, I just didn’t think they were apt for me. The wait was long ,” he states.
When Shamitabh came along, he knew he was in safe hands. “I’m a greedy, selfish actor and after pouncing on the role I surrendered myself to Balki. It was unreal working with legends like PC Sreeram, Amitabh Bachchan and Ilaiyaraaja. Just standing in the same frame with them made me weak in the knees,” he says.
Quiz him on his role and he says, “Balki will kill me if I utter a single word about him,” he quips. The only one in the loop is his Raanjhanaa director, Aanand Rai, with whom he discusses all his assignments. He, however, denies that he is a part of the Tanu Weds Manu sequel. “I only went on the sets to meet Aanand,” he asserts.