Manoj Bajpayee still regrets rejecting 'Devdas', he/she had said this to Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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The film 'Devdas' is considered a milestone in the career of Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit. Released in the year 2002, this film of Sanjay Leela Bhansali won 5 National and 11 Filmfare Awards that year. The film also featured Jackie Shroff, who played the character of Chunnilal, while Shahrukh Khan played the character of Devdas. But Manoj Bajpayee wanted to play the character of Devdas. When Sanjay Leela Bhansali offered him this film, he turned it down for this reason. In an interview given to Sushant Sinha, when Manoj Bajpayee was asked if he regretted turning down a film, he took the name of Devdas and told the whole story. Manoj Bajpayee told that he was offered the character of Chunnilal in the film

Shah Rukh Khan and Jackie Shroff in Devdas, Photo: BCCL

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Chunnilal's role was offered to him, so he turned it down

Manoj Bajpayee said, 'Yes, I was offered Jackie Shroff's role in 'Devdas', but I refused immediately. I told Sanjay, 'Sanjay, friend, I always wanted to do Devdas. That film became a superhit, but I am very sad that it slipped out of my hands. I wanted to play the character of Devdas since my theater days. Ever since I saw Dilip Kumar's film and read the book, I wanted to play this character. But I never felt bad.'

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