When Nana Patekar Suggested That Amitabh Bachchan Play the Second Fiddle
Yes, it's true!
Has success gone to Nana Patekar’s head? That’s the first question on people’s minds after they hear him speak about his latest Marathi success story called Natsamrat Asa Nat Hone Nahi (NANHN), which happens to be the highest grosser ever in the history of Marathi cinema. With a collection of about INR 40 crore at the box office, it is a milestone for the Marathi cinema industry, which aspires to become even bigger.
After such success, it is only natural that the protagonist Nana Patekar and director Mahesh Manjrekar will be jubilant. In an interview in the DNA, Patekar said, “Amitabh (Bachchan) told me that he wouldn't want to reprise a role which has been done with such perfection. Because he said he didn't want to play the protagonist I suggested he play the second fiddle, ie reprise Vikram Gokhale's character,” he cackled in his signature style, leaving those gathered in splits. “You know what he said about NANHN? (Imitating Bachchan's baritone) 'NanaJi Adbhut! Adbhut!'” Nana Patekar told the audience at the success party of the film that he was obviously delighted that Bollywood biggies wanted to do the same film in Hindi.