Despite a personal request from the man himself, Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan refused to play Lalit Modi's role in Percept Picture Company's forthcoming film, Commissioner, says a media report.
The film is based on Modis life, seen from a journalist's eye.
SRK has chosen not to play the role presumably because he is such a crucial part of the IPL. He owns Kolkata Knight Riders. The actor ostensibly does not want to get dragged into any controversy related to Modi.
Says a source,When the film was announced, everything was very rosy on the IPL front. But after the recent controversy on Lalit Modi, it has become a very sensitive topic.
Admitting that Shah Rukh Khan was approached for the title role, Joint MD of Percept, Shailendra Singh, who is also producing Commisioner, says, Actually, Lalit Modi himself asked Shah Rukh but he declined. Shah Rukh said that he is very busy with his home production RA.One and hence unable.
The latest buzz is that Ajay Devgn has been approached for the same role.
Confirming this, Singh says, feelers have been sent to Ajay. We would love to have him on board. We have the investments team in place and we are committed to do this film.
Apparently, even the direction of the film Commissioner is said to have switched hands.
Earlier, Madhur Bhandarkar had been approached to direct it .Says a source Madhur did not want to touch this subject as it is very controversial.(that's a first!) Now, Shamin Desai will direct it.
Meanwhile, another actor approached for the role was apparently Irrfan Khan. .Adds the source, the modalities of the project are being worked out. It all depends on how everything falls in place. Ajay's presence in the film would take it to a commercial level.
Irrfan too is a great actor who can emote very well and has a fan following. The actor for the central role will be chosen in a few days.