The Tamil superstar was signed in a hush-hush manner, as the makers of English Vinglish had not planned on roping in Ajith Kumar initially. In fact, producer Balki had signed Amitabh Bachchan to do a cameo in the forthcoming movie and shot the portions for both the versions. However, after filming it, the movie bosses realised that a Kollywood superstar would be better than the Bollywood megastar for the Tamil version of the film.
Hence, they approached Ajith Kumar for which he gave nod without a second thought. Balki has admitted that the Thala is replacing Amitabh Bachchan in the Kollywood version. He further added. "Ajith is a mega-star. I am honoured to have him play Amitji's role in the Tamil version." The Billa star has a powerful role, which lasts for three minutes.