Dangal: If not Aamir Khan, the film would’ve starred Kamal Haasan or Mohanlal

Kamal Haasan or Mohanlal would have been considered for Dangal, if Aamir Khan had turned down the film.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: January 18, 2017 4:23 pm
If not Aamir Khanl, Mohanlal or Kamal Haasan would have starred in Dangal If not Aamir Khanl, Mohanlal or Kamal Haasan would have starred in Dangal

After watching Aamir Khan in Dangal, it is difficult to even imagine any other actor as Mahavir Singh Phogat. Dangal is one of the finest performances in Aamir’s decorated career and he has really pushed the envelope in the method acting by gaining a massive amount of body weight and losing it in a short span of time for the film. Who else in Bollywood’s A-list could have shown that level of commitment? Probably none. But, makers of the blockbuster sports drama seemed to have had more than one option down south.

According to a top UTV Motion Pictures official, the makers would have cast either Kamal Haasan or Mohanlal in the movie had Aamir turned down the film. Divya Rao, the creative producer of UTV Motion Pictures, said that Aamir was the first choice when they decided to make the film on the Phogats. She, however, told a leading English daily that in case Aamir had not agreed to do the film, “…the only other actors who come to mind are Mohanlal and Kamal Haasan.”

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Interestingly, Mohanlal was the Kerala state wrestling champion in 1977–78.

It was Divya who first pitched the idea of making a film on the Phogats after reading an interesting article on a ‘father who turned cowshed into a wrestling arena for his daughters.’ Her idea for the film was immediately green-lit by the production house, which also retained her title Dangal.

Dangal which released on December 23 last year is continuing its dream run at the box office in its fourth week. The has collected Rs 370.11 crore so far and is showing no sign of slowing down.

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    neo
    May 27, 2017 at 9:22 am
    Mohanlal is such a natural actor its like he is living his character, kamal has such diversity in his acting & only amazes ppl by his acting, aamir is a faker promoted by Corrupt Congress bcoz he is a CONGRESS STOOGE. Never heard this Hindu hater criticize Congress or Muslim Polygamy , 3 Talaq or any Muslim evil practices or any terrorism.
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      neo
      May 27, 2017 at 9:18 am
      Kamal & Mohanlal ,are far gr8 actors Aamir the hindu hater is far from them, gr8 way to build body on steroids, Aamir this Congress stooge is only promoted by congress & his acting is only hyped by congress stooges
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        Anil mahawar
        Jan 19, 2017 at 1:14 am
        Post your opinion...
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          Akram
          Jan 19, 2017 at 6:16 am
          Although I'm not a Malayali, Mohanlal is my favourite actor. Think other may around, had the hindi remake of Drishyam not been made yet, Which actor would fit that role and also do full justice in matching the performance of Mohanlal sir. In my opinion only Aamir Khan could have taken Drishyam to another level. It was opportunity wasted by casting Ajay Devgun. Hindi version pales in comparison to Malayalam version in every dept including acting and direction.
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            Anson
            Feb 9, 2017 at 5:37 am
            Mohanlal is a better option. He was also a Kerala State wrestling team member.
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