This would be for the second time in the recent times when the
prolific performer Naseeruddin Shah has replaced the living legend
First time when Naseer had replaced Big B was for Jagmohan
Mundhra's Shoot On Sight, which Big B turned down citing
it as too controversial and the role ultimately went to Naseeruddin
Shah. Now once again Naseeruddin Shah has given the positive nod
for portraying a character first offered to Amitabh Bachchan. And
the role bagged by Naseer is for a film titled as
Maharathi, a film inspired by a hit Gujarati play starring
Paresh Rawal which is being directed by Shivum Nair. Shree
Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. is producing this comic thriller.
Though the reasons as to why Big B refused to be a part of
Maharathi are not yet revealed, a few reports held that
Big B opted not to do the role because of some strong reasons he
firmly believed in.