Big B did not play villain in ‘Robot’ because of Rajinikanth

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has said that he refused to play the role of main antagonist in the 2010 blockbuster ‘Robot’ as his good friend Rajinikanth told him not to do villain’s role.

Directed by Shankar, ‘Robot’ starred the Tamil superstar and Big B’s daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the lead, while Danny Danzongpa played the baddie.

"Shankar had come to me and he wanted me to play the villain in 'Robot'. I called Rajini. He said, 'people will not accept you as a villain, so don't do it'. I said ok," Amitabh Bachchan told PTI in an interview.

There were reports that Big B was also approached for the sequel ‘Robot 2 (2.0)’, but the actor dismissed it, saying he was not offered the role.

The sequel to the 2010 film is underway which stars Akshay Kumar in the role of the main villain. Rajinikanth reprises his role while Amy Jackson will also be seen in the film as a robot. She will be essaying a negative character. The first leg of the shooting is complete.

Meanwhile, speculations were rife that Amitabh Bachchan would be a part of ‘Dhoom Reloaded’, the fourth instalment of the heist films franchise. However, the ‘Piku’ actor said that he isn’t aware of this.

The veteran actor will be soon seen in Bejoy Nambiar’s ‘Wazir’ alongside Farhan Akhtar. He is also shooting for Sujoy Ghosh’s production ‘Te3n’ and will begin filming ‘Aankhen 2’ from March’.  

‘Aankhen 2’ is a sequel of the 2002 heist thriller ‘Aankhen’ starring Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumat, Arjun Rampal, Paresh Rawal and Sushmita Sen. Big B will reprise his role of the hard-working but temperamental man who has been ouster from his bank job.