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July 16, 2024
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Sriram Raghavan: Was considering Saif Ali Khan for Merry Christmas before Vijay Sethupathi

Sriram Raghavan, previously known for films such as Badlapur and Andhadhun, is all set for the January 2024 release of his next film Merry Christmas starring Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi.

He revealed how initially he had Saif Ali Khan in his mind for the role which is now being played by Vijay Sethupathi.

In a candid conversation, the director opened up on the casting of the film.

"I had met Katrina casually after Andhadhun and we were discussing doing something together," Sriram said. "I had a story and when she listened to it, she really liked it and asked me who the guy was.”

"At that time, I had some other actor in my mind. I had spoken to Saif Ali Khan and he liked the story, but then I had to say 'no' to him. I wanted a unique pairing. That was the story’s requirement,” he added.

"I did not want any baggage from either of them. I wanted to have someone fresh who has not done any work with Katrina. Soon after, I was going to Melbourne for a film festival and on my way there, I watched the film 96 of Vijay. I also met him there and asked him if he spoke Hindi. He told me he had worked in Dubai for three years. This is how this oddball combination came about. It got me excited to work on this film,” said the director.

Merry Christmas is a romantic thriller film made simultaneously in Hindi and Tamil. The film is scheduled to release in theatres on January 12, 2024.

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