Varun Dhawan has refuted a report claiming he was the first choice for Sony Liv's web series Scam 1992. The actor corrected a Twitter user who said he was originally going to play Harshad Mehta on the show that starred Pratik Gandhi in the lead role.
A user tweeted, "Did you know? #VarunDhawan was the first choice to play the iconic role of #HarshadMehta in Scam 1992. Later director Hansal Mehta suggested #PratikGandhi and the rest is history."
Responding to it, Varun wrote that only Pratik could have done justice to the role. “Really not true I think the only choice for this show can be #pratikgandhi absolutely brilliant he is. big fan #scam 1992.”
— VarunDhawan (@Varun_dvn) November 24, 2020
Earlier, even Hansal Mehta had shot down a rumour about the show. He fact-checked a report that claimed Scam 1992 is the top-rated television programme on IMDb. Responding the report, he wrote in a tweet, “Not exactly true. We are around number 21. This news is statistically inaccurate.”
Scam 1992 followed the life of stockbroker Harshad Mehta – his meteoric rise and catastrophic downfall. Directed by National Award-winning filmmaker Hansal Mehta, this series is based on journalists Debashis Basu and Sucheta Dalal’s book, The Scam. Scam 1992 also starred Satish Kaushik, Nikhil Dwivedi, Ananth Mahadevan, and Rajat Kapoor. Stockbroker Harshad Mehta was popularly known as ‘the Amitabh Bachchan of Stock market’ was the brain behind Rs 5,000 crore 1992 securities scandal. The scam exposed several loopholes in the functioning of the stock market, backs and the financial sector.