Taking to his Twitter handle, the filmmaker revealed that he never registered Irrfan Khan for the role and he only saw the late actor much later on a set.
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He wrote, ‘Just to set the record straight I was meeting quite a few actors at that time and Manoj caught my eye because of Bandit Queen ..I never registered Irrfan and I consciously remembered seeing him only much later when he came to the set of some other shoot.’
In the interview, Manoj reportedly stated that Kannan Iyer, who made ‘Ek Thi Daayan’, was assisting Shekhar Kapur in ‘Bandit Queen’. He was writing the ‘Daud’ movie for Ram Gopal Varma. According to Manoj, Kannan told him Irrfan and Vineet Kumar have also been asked to come for the auditions. Kannan also told Bajpayee that they will pay him Rs 35,000 for that role. It starred Urmila Matondkar and Sanjay Dutt in the lead roles.
‘Daud’ starred Sanjay Dutt and Urmila Matondkar in lead roles. It also featured Manoj Bajpayee and Paresh Rawal in key roles.