Vijay Sethupathi was supposed to play a key role in Aamir Khan’s forthcoming film Laal Singh Chaddha. On Replacing the acclaimed actor here’s what Naga Chaitanya said.
Vijay Sethupathi was chosen for LSC
Aamir Khan starrer Laal Singh Chaddha is finally hitting the screens on August 11. The movie that has been in the making throughout the pandemic also features Kareena Kapoor Khan, Naga Chaitanya, and Mona Singh in pivotal parts. Long before Naga Chaitanya stepped in to play the part of Balaraju Bodi, it was Vijay Sethupathi who was chosen for the part. While everything was going as per plan, the Tamil superstar had to walk out of the film.
Initially, Vijay had instantly agreed to take up the role as he was fascinated by Aamir’s narration. Unfortunately, the actor later backed out of the project owing to date issues. Post his exit, the makers roped in Telugu star Naga Chaitanya to play that part.
In his recent interview with Koimoi, Naga Chaitanya opened up about replacing the Vikram actor in Laal Singh Chaddha.
Naga Chaitanya on replacing Vijay Sethupathi
The 35-year-old said that he was only told by the makers that Laal Singh Chaddha didn’t work out with Vijay Sethupathi because of some date issues. He told the publication that he wasn’t concerned about these things when he came on board as his character in Laal Singh Chaddha was completely around the sensibilities of where he comes from.
“If Vijay sir was supposed to play the character, they were going to design him like a Tamil-speaking boy traveling up North and you know this whole chemistry happening but with me, it became a Telugu-speaking boy because I am from AP Telangana.”
“Like it’s a Telugu boy from Andhra, and even the diction, the Hindi has a few Telugu speaking words here and there you know to make it look very organic. All these aspects made me feel very comfortable. But yeah, with Vijay sir, we never really overlapped anywhere, and there was no discussion on it,” he said.
On being asked about the comparisons with Sethupathi, Naga Chaitanya added, “In terms of comparison, not really. I think each actor is very very different. Their approach is different, their personality is different. Their sort of creative expression is different. So yeah, I look up to Vijay sir a lot, I am a huge fan of his work. He is fantastic, even in the last film I saw which is Vikram I really enjoyed his role. So that worry was never there. He was seen for what he was and I was seen for what I am.”
The Telugu actor further added that he wanted someone like Aamir Khan to guide him and present him in Bollywood as he believes that a first impression is very important.