Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein marked talented actor R Madhavan’s Bollywood debut, post which he landed some impactful roles in Hindi movies. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's directorial venture, Rang De Basanti saw him as a martyred pilot and love interest of Soha Ali Khan - Ajay Rathod. The movie also featured a liplock between Soha and Madhavan. But it wasn't an easy task for Madhavan to shoot for that.
In Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's autobiography, The Stranger In The Mirror, Madhavan has penned his thoughts about this particular scene. He was afraid that the actress’ brother Saif Ali Khan would punch him in his face for kissing his sister. Also, he mentioned it was the actress’ first on-screen kiss. To top it, all this was the first scene the actor shot for the movie. This kissing scene was featured in the movie when Madhavan proposes to Soha during the romantic number, Tu Bin Bataye.
The actor was quoted as saying, “The only thing I could think of was Saif (Soha's brother, with whom I had worked before in a tense movie - Madhavan's debut - as rivals) socking my face. But I had to establish that I was an ideal boyfriend. This was probably her first on-screen kiss as well.”
The actor was initially offered Karan Singhania’s role which was later portrayed by Tamil actor Siddharth. Also, Madhavan was not the first choice for Ajay Rathod’s role - it was offered to Shah Rukh Khan. But the actor could not step into the role due to date issues, shared the director during his interview with Hindustan Times. ALSO READ: R Madhavan Is In Disbelief After Seeing Photos Of Olympics Silver Medalist Mirabai Chanu’s Manipur Home; Exclaims ‘This Cannot Be True’
Rang De Basanti also starred Aamir Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni, Kirron Kher, Anupam Kher and Waheeda Rehman in pivotal roles. ALSO READ: R Madhavan Responds To A Female Fan Addressing Him As Her ‘Future Husband’
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