Not Rajinikanth, Shah Rukh was the first choice for ‘Robot’

Updated: Aug 17, 2010, 20:55 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: Believe it or not, but the most sought-after Southern superstar Rajinikanth was not the first choice to play lead in filmmaker Shankar’s much-awaited flick ‘Robot’. The witty megastar Rajinikanth has revealed that he wasn’t the original choice for the much-touted sci-fi film, as Shankar initially wanted either Kamal Hassan or Shah Rukh Khan for the role opposite Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the movie.

“Initially Shankar approached Kamal Hassan and Shah Rukh Khan for this film. They were the first choice for it. However, it eventually came to me. As they say daane daane pe likha hai khaane waale ka naam ,” said Rajinikanth.

Talking about Shankar, Rajinikanth said, “Shankar is an excellent technician and one of the best directors of India who can mix the class and commercial elements very well. I did ‘Sivaji’ with him and I trust him completely, so I agreed to do the film - else I would have not done the film as it is a very tough and challenging role.”

Director Shankar has made the movie bilingual as ‘Robot’ in Hindi and ‘Endhiran’ in Tamil. Aishwarya plays the female lead opposite Rajinikanth in both the versions.