Vijay Sethupathi Replaced Saif Ali Khan In Merry Christmas? Director Reveals Latter ‘Was A Little Upset’

By admin Dec28,2023

After a series of delays, Sriram Raghavan’s directorial Merry Christmas is finally set to hit the theatres next month. During a recent event, the director revealed that a huge Bollywood star was interested in playing the role that is now being played by Vijay Sethupathi opposite Katrina Kaif.

In an interview with Pinkvilla, Sriram Raghavan revealed. ”I had met another actor who had liked the role also, but then I told him sorry.” As if reading our minds, Katrina Kaif chimed in, ”I would really like to know who”. To this, the director said, ”Yes, I can tell you. It was Saif Ali Khan! So I had met up and he was actually a little upset when I told him no.”

However, the reason behind turning down Saif Ali Khan was purely out of an artistic vision of Merry Christmas. Raghavan continued, ”That time, I had not cast Vijay. I was just saying no because I wanted something fresh, I don’t know what I am looking for.”

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Sriram Raghavan and Saif Ali Khan have previously collaborated on Ek Hasina Thi (2004) and Agent Vinod (2012). The director further added the reason behind choosing Vijay Sethupathi for the role. ”I wanted a very unique kind of pairing because that’s the story’s requirement. One should not get any baggage from either of them.”

Slated to release in theatres on January 12, 2024, Merry Christmas starring Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi is said to be a signature Sriram Raghavan directorial.

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