NOT Vijay Sethupathi but Salman Khan was offered Katrina Kaif starrer Merry Christmas first!

Salman Khan was Sriram's initial choice for this film.

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Sriram Raghavan is gearing up for his first collaboration with Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi in the suspense thriller Merry Christmas. Ramesh Taurani is producing it, and the filmmakers intend to shoot it in a real site in Pune. Few people are aware, however, that Salman Khan was Sriram’s initial choice for this film.

(Also read: EXCLUSIVE: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif & Emraan Hashmi starrer Tiger 3 teaser to be out on Christmas?)

“This is the second time that Sriram offered a film to Salman. Back in 2015, right after Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Sriram and Salman had met to discuss a potential collaboration on a thriller, but things didn’t work out. For Merry Christmas, they met again as Sriram felt that Salman fit the bill. However, Salman and his team felt that this was too small a film for a superstar like him and politely refused the offer,” a source told Bollywood Hungama.

The source further added, “Salman loves Sriram’s work and is equally eager to work with him. However, he wants to do something that’s big and on the commercial side. Sriram too wishes to work with Salman once, but he wants to do something that presents him in a different light. Sriram felt that the character in Merry Christmas, though not as larger than life as what Salman Khan was portrayed in his films, had an element of style to it, which justified the presence of Salman.”

Apart from Merry Christmas, Sriram’s next project is Ekkis, which will be released in February 2022 and stars Varun Dhawan.

(Also read: Badlapur duo is back, Varun to commence shooting for Sriram Raghavan’s Ekkis from THIS month!)


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