Vidhu Vinod Chopra, one of the most successful filmmaker in
Bollywood, has revealed that he was keen on casting Aishwarya Rai
Bachchan for the role of Lalita in his 2005's musical film
Parineeta. But it was director Pradeep Sarkar, who
introduced actress Vidya Balan to him and she took away lots of
laurels for her performance in the film.
The Bollywood filmmaker was talking about cast of
Parineeta when he spoke about Aishwarya Rai. Vidhu Vinod
Chopra told PTI, "When we thought of Parineeta, I
immediately thought of a face like Aishwarya Rai. The character of
the girl is like two men fall in love with her. So the heroine has
to be bigger. But director Pradeep Sarkar told me about Vidya and I
was like let me see what she can do. But then we tested and tried
her and she cleared it."
The critically acclaimed film Parineeta was an
adaptation of 1914 Bengali novella of the same name, which was
penned by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. The movie featured Saif Ali
Khan and Sanjay Dutt along side Vidya Balan. Talking about other
roles, Vidhu Chopra said, "I had called up Sanjay saying there is a
role for you in my film and he agreed. We wanted the character of
Girish (Sanjay) to be bigger than Shekar (Saif Ali Khan)."