"It was a risk for Varun but not for me. For me, he was just an
enthusiastic and hungry actor. It was a bold script and I am sure a
lot of people would have advised him against it. He has played a
morally ambiguous character. Normally, mainstream actors shy away
from complex roles but I am happy he took up the challenge," Raghavan told.
Varun and Nawazuddin Siddiqui were pitted against each other in
the twisted revenge saga that found acceptance from the audience
despite an unusual ending.
"In a revenge story, you root for the hero to take revenge and
that's what you wait for. Badlapur questions that. The
design was such that the good guy starts to become a monster while
the bad guy starts to get your empathy," he says.
Siddiqui has been hailed for giving the movie some of its finest
moments as Laik and Raghavan reveals that the actor was always the
first choice for the part.
"He is fantastic in the movie. When I was writing the film, I
was thinking about this character and Nawaz came to my mind. I
called the character Nawaz while writing it. Having him in the mind
helped me track the character. But he took it to another level with
his performance." Raghavan, known for telling gritty and dark
stories like Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gaddaar,
says he wanted to do something bold after the failure of his last
outing, Saif Ali Khan-starrer Agent Vinod.
"I was disheartened when Agent Vinod did not do well. I
was reading a lot of things on the Internet and came across this
story. I wanted to do something that was real and had heart. I did
not want to spend money or time on a wrong thing. It is a contained
story, edgy and risky but not without appeal."