Aamir was offered ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, he suggested Salman’s name

Mumbai, Aug 11 (IANS) Superstar Salman Khan says his recent blockbuster “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” was first offered to his close friend Aamir Khan who suggested the “Dabangg” star’s name.

“Bahubali” director S.S. Rajamouli’s father K.V. Vijayendra Prasad wrote the initial script of “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”. Salman wasn’t the first one to listen to the script, rather it was Aamir.

At a special press conference on the success of “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, Salman was asked if Aamir was offered the film first.

“Yes, Aamir told me that Prasad had come to him and he sent him to me. So this is just Aamir sahab’s generosity,” Salman said.

Asked about Prasad’s contribution to the film, Salman said: “The father of ‘Bahubali’ director Rajamouli wrote the subject of ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. So the first question we asked him was why didn’t you ask your son to direct the film and why not there (south India)?

“He said that was because there was a difference in language. He said if this film has to be made, it has to be made very authentically.”

Despite being from the southern film industry, Prasad is no stranger to Bollywood.

“He saw ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, and keeps on telling me that he wants to meet my father. Before starting any film, he would watch ‘Deewaar’, ‘Zanjeer’, ‘Sholay’ and only then begin the film,” said Salman.

According to a report, Aamir had certain issues with Prasad’s script and sought some modifications in it. However, Prasad refused to oblige.

The report said Hrithik Roshan was the next one to be approached. He liked the script but felt that it was expensive. Salman eventually heard it and instantly gave him the signing amount.

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