Mehul Kumar explains why Rajinikanth refused to act with Raaj Kumar in Tirangaa

His refusal led to Nana Patekar taking up the role, who too wasn't best known for keeping his temper under control
Mehul Kumar explains why Rajinikanth refused to act with Raaj Kumar in Tirangaa

Actor Raaj Kumar, who was infamous for his short-tempered nature, was not seen as a good co-star by his contemporaries, which included stars like Rajinikanth.

The director of Raaj Kumar's 1993 film Tirangaa, Mehul Kumar, revealed why Rajinikanth refused to essay the role of Shivajirao Waghle. His refusal led to Nana Patekar taking up the role, who too wasn't best known for keeping his temper under control.

In his interview with the YouTube channel Friday Talkies, Mehul said he struggled to cast a second lead.

When he first approached Rajinikanth, the actor declined the offer because he felt Raaj Kumar was unpredictable. Naseeruddin Shah too turned down the offer for the same reason. Mehul adds that when he spoke to Nana Patekar, who was fresh off the success of Parinda, the latter said he doesn't work in commercial films. Mehul managed to convince him, saying he would not get proper recognition unless he does commercial films.

Patekar, however, placed conditions like non-interference from Raaj Kumar, threatening to walk away from the sets if he does. Mehul further adds that Raaj too wasn't too happy about having Nana, who he called a 'rowdy who yells in the sets and gets physical.'

The veteran filmmaker said that though the film's shoot progressed without any heated incident, the two actors did not get along with each other well.

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