Ajay Devgn On Casting Saif Ali Khan For Tanhaji: We Wanted One Who’d Be Wicked And Quirky

Shravan Shah , 02 Jan 2020
Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan in Tanhaji
Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan in Tanhaji: The Unsung Hero

Ajay Devgn starrer Tanhaji: The Unsung Hero is all set to hit the screens on 10th of January. The film that showcases the tale of Maratha general Tanaji Malusare is directed by Om Raut and also stars Kajol and Saif Ali Khan. While thew promo of the film looks promising, Ajay in a recent interview with Midday revealed the reason why he signed Saif to essay the role of an antagonist. Talking to the tabloid, producer Devgn had said that they were searching for someone who was wicked and quirky to play the role of the Rajput fort- keeper, Udaybhan Rathore.

Talking about it, Ajay said,

We wanted someone who could emote and depict the character well as he is at loggerheads with Tanaji. We wanted one who’d be wicked and quirky. The idea was to find an actor with gravitas. Saif was perfect for the role. We’ve gotten along well right from our first film, Kacche Dhaage [ 1999] and then, Omkara [ 2006]. We narrated the [ script], and he instantly liked it. Even though we didn’t work together as much as we should have [ in the past], I am glad we collaborated on this film.

He further said that this tale deserves more attention than it got in the history textbooks.

 The most important thing for me is to see if a story is worth telling or not. Tanaji was indeed an unsung warrior. The two paragraphs on him in school [ textbooks] don’t do justice.

We are looking forward to this one! What about you?

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