Vijay Raaz Shares Backstory of Initially Rejecting Iconic 'Run' Role

Vijay Raaz initially rejected the role of Ganesh in the 2004 film "Run" four times due to reservations about the project. He eventually agreed to take on the role after demanding a higher fee, which the producer surprisingly accepted.

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Vijay Raaz Shares Backstory of Initially Rejecting Iconic 'Run' Role

Vijay Raaz Shares Backstory of Initially Rejecting Iconic 'Run' Role

In a recent interview with DNA India, acclaimed actor Vijay Raaz revealed an intriguing story behind his memorable role in the 2004 comedy film "Run." Despite the film's commercial failure, Raaz's portrayal of the character Ganesh remains one of his most iconic performances. However, the actor disclosed that he initially rejected the role multiple times before finally agreeing to take it on.

Raaz shared, "Main yeh (film) karna nahi chahta tha. Chaar baar mana karne ke baad phir se phone aa gaya" (I wasn't interested in the film, and they called me even after rejecting it four times). The actor's reluctance stemmed from his reservations about the project, but the filmmakers were persistent in their pursuit of him for the role.

In a strategic move, Raaz decided to demand a higher fee, believing that the producer, Boney Kapoor, would drop the offer. "Jab unka phone aaya toh maine socha ek hi tarika hai paise zyada mang liye, aur woh mann gaye. Toh phir majboori mein maine woh film ki" (When they called me, I asked for a raise in acting fee, and they agreed. So, I was obliged to do the film). Much to Raaz's surprise, Kapoor agreed to his terms, leaving the actor with no choice but to commit to the project.

"Run," directed by Jeeva and starring Abhishek Bachchan and Bhumika Chawla, failed to make a significant impact at the box office upon its release. However, Raaz's portrayal of Ganesh, a comedic character, stood out and continues to be celebrated by audiences. The actor's revelations shed light on the behind-the-scenes negotiations and the unexpected turn of events that led him to take on the role.

In the same conversation, Raaz also praised the creative freedom offered by OTT platforms, stating, "Yehi iski sabse sundar baat hai ki you're free. Jo boundaries cinema mein hai ki 'yeh hona chaiye, aisa chaiye hai', jo dusre log decide karte hai, waha kahani mar jaati hai. Yaha kahani front mein rehti hai" (The best part about this platform is that you're free. The boundaries set by others in cinema often kill the story. But here, the story is prioritized). The actor's latest series, "Murder In Mahim," co-starring Ashutosh Rana, is currently streaming on JioCinema.

Vijay Raaz's candid revelations about his initial reluctance to take on the role of Ganesh in "Run" and the subsequent negotiations that led to his involvement provide a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of the film industry. Despite the film's underwhelming box office performance, Raaz's portrayal has stood the test of time, cementing his status as one of the most versatile and beloved actors in Indian cinema.