Veteran actor Ranjeet Bedi, popular as Ranjeet, is known to be one of the most iconic villains in Hindi cinema. The actor who achieved success on his own terms has worked in over 350 films. In a recent interview, Ranjeet Bedi got candid about getting termed as a 'rape specialist' of Bollywood. Much to everyone's surprise, the actor also revealed that he was offered to be a part of 'Sholay', but he turned it down.
Talking about being known as the 'rape specialist' due to his on-screen roles, Ranjeet told ETimes, "I went out of my way to make my heroines comfortable, so much so, that after a while even when I was not a part of the film, but there was a rape scene, they would tell the filmmaker to call me. They started calling me the rape specialist."
He added, "Back in the day it wasn't vulgar, we had a set format - hero, heroine, comedian, villain, sister, mother. It was not like now, there were no lovemaking scenes. Why don't they make a blue film only then? I always joke that change in fashion killed my career, women started wearing such short clothes, there was nothing left to pull." ALSO READ:Housefull 4: Ranjeet's Role Was First Offered To Boman Irani- EXCLUSIVE
When asked the veteran star if he regrets not doing any film, he denied and revealed that he was offered Sholay but turned it down. He shared, "When the film was first announced in a film paper, it featured Danny as the villain, but we were shooting for 'Dharmatma' in Afghanistan at the time, and Feroze Khan told him to stay back. He reasoned with him saying what he would do in a film with three heroes; 'here I am giving you a solo song with Hema Malini'."
"I was going to shoot in Bangalore after wrapping up my portions in Afghanistan, and the makers of Sholay came to me to also do their film which was being shot at the same place. But how could I have replaced my friend without his permission? Who knew Gabbar Singh would be such a huge hit! But perhaps if I had done the role, it wouldn't have worked too," he added.
The yesteryear actor is quite active on social media and keeps fans up-to-date. He often shares his throwback photos and gives a glimpse of his family moments on Instagram.