Kichcha Sudeep, who was supposed to star in Muthappa Rai's biopic, apparently, has been replaced with the Bollywood actor, Vivek Oberoi. Ram Gopal Varma, who is said to be back in form, after the success of Killing Veerapan, is directing the project.
It is known that, RGV met the reformed don and his close associates recently, to collect the details needed to make a biopic. However, the project is now going on floors with Vivek, though Sudeep was the actual consideration to play Muthappa Rai.
Going by a report in TOI, the director wants to make this quadrilingual film with Vivek and says only he can do the justice to the role. This will mark Vivek Oberoi's début in Sandalwood and the project is being backed by CR Manohar.
"After finishing the whole script and working on the characterization, I strongly felt that only Vivek has the required attitude and intensity to do justice to the role of Rai," said RGV.
Talking about what evoked him to make a biopic on Muthappa Rai, "I have an encyclopedic knowledge about all the biggest gangsters in the entire world, whether it's Pablo Escobar, Dawood Ibrahim, Al Capone, etc., but all their stories are nothing in front of the sheer drama and dynamism of Rai - that's why the film has the tagline 'The Greatest Gangster Ever'," he added.
"Nobody in the world knew who the Godfather or who Scarface was, but we all saw. For people who don't know, it's the story and his character that will be the hook," RGV further opined, when quizzed about the limitations of the story.