James Bond actor Daniel Craig auditioned for ‘Rang De Basanti’, reveals director Rakeysh

Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra revealed that Hollywood actor Daniel Craig had auditioned for the function of the British jailor who walks freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev to be hanged in Rang De Basanti. Eventually, the actor might not function within the movie as he was additionally being thought-about to be the following James Bond at the moment.

Daniel Craig auditioned for Rang De Basanti

Rang De Basanti follows the story of a British movie pupil travelling to India to doc the story of 5 freedom fighters of the Indian revolutionary motion. Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra in his autobiography recalled and revealed that Daniel Craig had auditioned for one of many roles in his film. He added that Craig was the primary selection for the function, however they could not go forward as Daniel was additionally in talks to function within the upcoming James Bond. In his autobiography, he wrote, “I bear in mind vividly that one of many individuals who auditioned for the a part of James McKinley, the younger jailor who walks Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev to be hanged, was none apart from present James Bond, Daniel Craig.”

He additional wrote, “Daniel Craig was my first selection however he requested if we might permit a while as he was additionally being thought-about to be the following James Bond. The relaxation, as they are saying, is historical past.” Soon after that Daniel Craig was casted as James Bond for the 2006 James Bond movie Casino Royale.

Rang De Basanti on its launch acquired widespread important acclaim. The film featured Aamir Khan, Siddharth, Atul Kulkarni, Soha Ali Khan, Sharman Joshi, Kunal Kapoor and British actress Alice Patten. At the time of launch, the movie broke all opening field workplace data in India, turning into the nation’s highest-grossing movie in its opening weekend. The film received the National Film Award for Best Popular Film and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film on the 2007 BAFTA Awards. Rang De Basanti was chosen as India’s official entry for the Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Awards within the Best Foreign Language Film class. A.R Rahman acquired two Academy Awards nominations for the music composition of Rang De Basanti.

Inputs from PTI/Image: AP and RDB official

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