Meet Deepraj Rana, the man who missed playing Prem in the very film that launched Salman Khan’s career in Bollywood, Maine Pyar Kiya. Deepraj was one of the few young actors who had auditioned for the role which finally went to Salman Khan and the rest as they say is history.
Salman Khan himself acknowledged the fact at a press meet and threw light on how important casting is in a film and how it could turn tables as far as careers go. Call it quirk of fate that after more than two decades, Deepraj found himself working with Sooraj Barjatya and Salman Khan in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.
When asked about the audition in 1989, Deepraj said, “Yes, I had auditioned for Prem’s role but destiny perhaps had other things written for me. Soorajji remembers me and my audition. He himself called me and offered this role. I am grateful that I got an opportunity to work with him after almost 26 years.”
‘Did he ever mention about him having auditioned for Maine Pyar Kiya to Salman,’ we wondered. “Sooraj told Salman about it on the last day of shoot. It’s destiny that I couldn’t play Prem in Maine Pyar Kiya and finally got cast in this film,” answered Deepraj.
Deepraj, however has no grouse with the way his life and career forward. “All these things are destined to happen. I never lost my patience and kept doing work both in films and television. Finally this offer came my way.”
Talking about his character in the film, Deepraj said, ” I play the head of security of Salman Khan and my character is instrumental in bringing the Salmans together in the film.”
Deepraj, who has his maximum scenes opposite Salman was all praises for the superstar actor. ” He is a great actor and above all a great human being. We shot for almost a year and I enjoyed every little moment with him. While everyone knows his humane nature for the lesser privileged, the side I saw was his love for animals. Once he was lying down on grass with a piece of papad in his hand. Suddenly a squirrel came out of no where and very lovingly ate the papad out of Salman’s hand. It was a great sight to watch.”