It looks like the iconic astronaut Rakesh Sharma won’t get a cinematic avatar ( off course not Salman Khan) any time in the near future. The proposed bio-pic on India’s first astronaut to land on the moon(no, it isn’t titled Moonwalk, it’s Sare Jahan Se Achcha) has gone through a number of cast upheavals and is yet to get a green signal from any actor.
Sare Jahan se Achcha first went to Aamir Khan. But then he decided to spend three years doing a large-screen version of the Mahabharat(which he eventually dropped). Aamir recommended the film to Shah Rukh Khan who said yes but then after his space-flying misadventures in Aanand Rai’s Zero Shah Rukh opted out.
The project then went to Ranbir Kapoor(who on principle has decided to do no bio-pics in future having played only one real-life character Sanjay Dutt so far) and even Vicky Kushal(who preferred to play Udham Singh).
Now one reads that the project has gone to Salman Khan . However reliable sources say there is no truth to this casting brainwave.
“Salman Khan has not been approached to play Rakesh Sharma. At the moment producer Siddharth Roy Kapur is making every effort to rope in an A-list actor.”
It is strange that a film based on the life of an iconic hero who brought such glory to India faces a casting crisis.