Girish Kulkarni was originally offered Katekar’s part, and not Bipin Bhosale, in Sacred Games

Actor Girish Kulkarni, who plays minister Bipin Bhosale in Sacred Games, reveals some interesting trivia about how the web series came together.

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Neighbourhood Entertainment Desk/Avi Arya: You might remember him as the evil coach in Dangal, who locks up Aamir Khan in a room in the climax scene, or for playing the part of a devious cop in Kaabil and creating troubles for Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam’s characters. However, actor Girish Kulkarni has moved on from that and delivered yet another brilliant performance as the cunning home minister Bipin Bhosale in the web series, Sacred Games.

He reveals to us some surprising bits about what went on behind-the-scenes. “Originally, I was supposed to play Katekar, who is Sartaj’s [character played by Saif Ali Khan] best friend in the show. But I politely declined it, and told them to give me something different. Then they came up with Bhosale’s role. I really wanted a character that
would figure in both Sartaj and Ganesh Gaitonde’s (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui) world. I wanted to work with both the directors, Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane,” he says.

What everyone is keen to know is who directed which part. Elaborating on the starkly different working styles of both the filmmakers, Girish says, “Anurag goes with the flow, and allows his actors to explore and improvise on spot. Actually, improvise is a small word. He would go through everything, right from the costumes to the get-up,to the locations. Vikram, meanwhile, was very methodical. He would rehearse everything, and achieve whatever he wants to.”


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