The test scenes of ‘Lal Singh Chaddha’ were shot with Junaid
During the same conversation, Aamir Khan praised the film’s director Advait Chandan and said, ‘Lal Singh Chaddha is a difficult film. He was initially reluctant to do the film himself. Later he prepared his own crew and shot some selected scenes. During this time Junaid also returned from Los Angeles after taking training. In such a situation, I suggested to Advait that he should shoot those scenes with Junaid Khan. It was like a test for both of them.
When Aamir saw Junaid, he was blown away!
Aamir Khan further says, ‘When I saw test videos with Kiran Rao, my senses were blown away. Seeing Junaid’s performance, I felt that I had lost my chance. He had the innocence that Lal Singh Chaddha’s character needed. Whereas I had to bring it because of acting. I showed those videos to about 100 people, including my family, friends, some people working together, Raju Hirani, Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra. Out of these 98 people agreed that I should include Junaid in the film.
Because of this Junaid could not become ‘Lal Singh Chaddha’
However, actor Atul Kulkarni, the film’s scriptwriter and Aditya Chopra wanted Aamir Khan to play the lead role of Laal Singh Chaddha. Aamir said, ‘He argued that the film does not move along with the plot, but its story progresses like an episode. In such a situation, a newcomer should not do this film. After a long discussion on this, I finally agreed that I should work in it. Aamir also said that rather than Tom Hanks, he was more impressed by Junaid’s acting for Laal Singh Chaddha. He says that Junaid gave the best performance according to the mood of that character.
Junaid Khan to make his Bollywood debut with ‘Maharaja’
Aamir Khan said that his son Junaid is very practical. He himself did not want to do this film. He thought it was a very big budget film for a newcomer. By the way, for information, let us tell you that Junaid Khan is going to debut in Bollywood with the film ‘Maharaja’. Actress Shalini Pandey, who became popular with ‘Arjun Reddy’ in his opposite film, is also reported to be cast. The shooting of ‘Maharaja’ has started last year. However, there is no information about when it will be completed and when it will be released.
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