Sabbir Khan: “Casting villain for ‘Baaghi’ was the most crucial task”

Sudheer Babu
Sudheer Babu

‘Baaghi’ director Sabbir Khan, who is all set for the release of his film, stated that before finalizing actor Sudheer Babu for the role of villain, he took auditions of around 50 boys.

“Casting Raghav was the most crucial task while we were casting for the film. Raghav needed to be extremely charming and yet sinister, his character hails from Southern India, specifically Kerala, and most importantly he needed to be a better, stronger fighter than Tiger Shroff,” Khan told PTI.

Khan, who previously had directed films like ‘Kambakkht Ishq’ (2009) and ‘Heropanti’ (2014), said that he didn’t want to cast anyone and make him act like a southern Indian. He said, “After auditioning about 50 boys, I was fortunate that one day I found a video of Sudheer on the internet and that wowed me. It was a show reel of his gymnastics and dancing abilities. He had a great body and a vulnerable face, a unique personality.”

“My team did a little research on him and we got to know he was a mainstream hero down South. We got in touch with him and flew him down and only knew much later that he flew down for a courtesy meeting with the intention to say ‘no’ if a role was offered to him,” he added.

‘Baaghi’, which stars Shraddha Kapoor and Tiger Shroff, is set to release on 29th April.

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