Who doesn't remember the iconic role of Virus in 3 Idiots? The grumpy principal of an engineering college who's reluctant to give his daughter to one of his students when they fall in love. The role of 'Virus' played by actor Boman Irani, however, reveals an interesting fact about his role. In an interview with a famous website, Boman said that he almost rejected the role as it was very similar to his earlier role in Munnabhai MBBS.
"My role in 3 Idiots was very similar to the role in Munnabhai. If you put a magnifying glass, they are very similar characters. They were so similar- both were a dean, both their daughters fell in love with a hero whom he saw as a pain in his eye. And I told Raju that it is the same role and then Raju said no. And I said I won't do it. I had refused the role of 3 Idiots, " he told the website.
Boman further revealed that he suggested casting Irrfan Khan for the role. “There was so much love and respect for a co-actor, a colleague, I said take Irrfan Khan for 3 Idiots. I said I think he will be superb in that role. Because whatever he does, he does it superbly. But Raju said that he is too young and then I asked that am I too old and then we laughed and went on to work on the character to make it a little different,” he further said.