Raj Nidimoru, the co-creator of the series The Family Man, revealed that another actor was first chosen for the character of Chellam sir in the second season of the series. Eventually, the role was played by Uday Mahesh.
Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, usually recognized as Raj and DK, are the creators of The Family Man 2 and the series was released earlier this month on Amazon Prime Video. Chellam sir became one of the most talked-about characters of the show.
On Inside The Writers’ Room – The Family Man, a clubhouse session moderated by Aniruddha Guha and Janice Sequeira, Raj revealed that another actor was initially chosen for Chellam sir but ‘it just wasn’t working out’.
Raj said that “A fun fact that I don’t think many people know is that we actually cast another actor and we shot for a bit. Not even shot, we were preparing to shoot, and it just wasn’t working out. Not working out because he was not well. Poor guy was just not in good health. He didn’t know what was going on… I think he hadn’t been acting for a very, very long time, so it just didn’t work out. We felt very bad and didn’t know what to do. Even he said, ‘excuse me’, because he was just not there at all”.
“So, then, we scrambled to find a guy and we even thought for a brief second, ‘Why don’t we make Suman (Kumar, writer) Chellam?’ Because he likes Chellam so much. Suman actually got ready, he got a haircut and everything, and then DK vetoed him out. He said, ‘No way he looks like Chellam!’ Then we got the real Chellam”, he added.
The Family Man stars Manoj Bajpayee, Priyamani, Sharad Kelkar, Sharib Hashmi, Shreya Dhanwanthary and Samantha Akkineni in second season.