Shahrukh Khan was good friends with Riteish Deshmukh and Arjun
Rampal. While his friendship with Arjun is still intact, Riteish
seems to have left with a bitter taste in his mouth.
The reason behind the rift seems to be Shahrukh choosing Arjun
over Riteish to play the villain in Ra 1 in spite of
Riteish being the first choice. According to sources, Riteish was
chosen for the negative role. Even director Anubhav Sinha wanted
Riteish to do the role as he had already worked with the actor
before in Cash. Riteish was finalized for the project and
his remuneration had also been fixed. However, Riteish then read in
the newspapers that Arjun had been chosen as the villain in Ra
Arjun was unsure about playing the role as he was suffering from
a back problem. He was chosen later though. And while Riteish is
upset about his ouster, he hasn"t spoken a word about it to SRK. He
mentioned it to a few close friends but he feels Shah Rukh or
Anubhav should have informed him that he would no longer be doing
Shahrukh will be playing a super-hero like character in Ra
1 and Arjun will be the villain. The movie began rolling
earlier this month. Kareena Kapoor plays the heroine. The movie is
based on gaming and super heroes.
However, now Riteish states that he was never offered the film
in the first place.