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After Irrfan Khan opted out, Ronit Roy came on board for Midnight’s Children

Ronit Roy is back being the bad dad. In Udaan, he roughed up his 16-year old screen-son (Rajat Barmecha) so bad the boy finally runs away from home. Now in Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children, a role Ronit flash-stepped into, just like Udaan where he was a last-minute replacement-he hits his screen-son (Darsheel Safary) so hard the character goes deaf in one year.

The musical chairs in the casting for Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children continues. Now it comes to light that Udaan's multi-award winning actor Ronit Roy has suddenly replaced Irrfan Khan to play the pivotal role of Ahmed Sinai, the protagonist Saleem Sinai's father.

Apparently, Deepa was keen that Irrfan do the role for two reasons: she had never worked with her arch-rival Mira Nair's favourite actor before, and more importantly she needed someone with a good command over the Holy Quran.

Says a source, "Irrfan fitted the bill perfectly. However, his dates clashed with two other international projects Spiderman and Life Of Pi. So he had to reluctantly back out. That's when Deepa's search for Saleem Sinai's father started again. Someone recommended the man who played the father in Udaan. Deepa ordered a copy of Udaan and she was immediately convinced Ronit was right for the part."

Ronit Roy, heady with all the adulation and awards for Udaan, was looking for a challenging role to take him ahead of Udaan. That's when he stepped in to shoot for Midnight's Children in Colombo.

When contacted Ronit says, "I am really not at liberty to talk about this. But yes I've been shooting out of the country away from my family. That's been tough on me. I don't like to take my wife and daughter on location. It's a torture for them and a distraction for me."

Apparently, Ronit has been studying the Holy Quran for the role. "Like I said, I can't really talk about this," he ends.

Interestingly, Ronit was again the last-minute replacement for the young father's role in Udaan when the first choice Kay Kay Menon suddenly opted out. Maybe this role too would prove lucky for Ronit.

More Pages: Midnight's Children Box Office Collection

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