Director Krishna Vamsi says he originally considered actor Sanjay Dutt for a crucial role in his forthcoming Telugu action-drama “Nakshatram”, which throws the spotlight on the lives of a bunch of policemen.
Sanjay was considered for the character played by Sai Dharam Tej in the film.
“Sai’s role originally was a middle-aged character. In the script, I had written it as a 20-minute role. I had plans to rope in Sanjay Dutt, and he was supposed to play the DSP. As we started the process of approaching him with the offer, I met Sai in a party and we hit it off,” Vamsi told IANS.
In that meeting, he decided to offer the role to Sai.
“I have known him for over a decade. When I met him last year, we spoke for about two hours and I started imagining him in the role. I knew if a youngster played the role, I could show the character even more dynamically. Sai was more than happy to accept the role,” he said.
Sai, for his 30-minute role, didn’t take remuneration.
“He worked for free. He told me he always wanted to work with me,” Vamsi added.
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The film also stars Sundeep Kishan, Regina Cassandra and Pragya Jaiswal.