Tabu & Irrfan Khan were first choice for ‘Badhaai Ho’

Shyama Sudra



The trailers have already sparked huge interest with cinema-goers, and it seems the Ayushmann Khurrana starrer ‘Badhaai Ho’ is being awaited by fans. However, the film’s first choice to play the elderly couple now portrayed by Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao, was first offered to Tabu and Irrfan Khan.

According to Zee News both Khan and Tabu, however, felt they weren’t the right choices for the part. “We approached Tabu mam in the beginning as we thought she would be nice in the role. But she’s the one who suggested Neena mam’s name and said ‘You need someone slightly more older, so that when people see her getting pregnant, there’s this disbelief’ There is an age difference between the two and I liked Tabu’s suggestion. Neena mam is perfect for the role,” director Amit Sharma was reported revealing.

He went on to add, “When we thought of Irrfan and Tabu, we thought that they would be the best husband and wife. But both of them said though they’re relatable and have worked as pairs on screen but if we have a father who isn’t as fit and the mother slightly older, it’ll be more relatable. Neena and Gajraj feel more real and organic. So it all clicked.”

Also starring Sanya Malhotra, ‘Badhaai Ho’ is set to hit the big screens on 19th October.