The promos of Dibakar Banerjee's Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! with the Kolkata of 1943 as the backdrop have grabbed much attention. The trailer introduced the eponymous under-cover investigator, played by Sushant Singh Rajput, but the identity of the bad man is still under wraps. While the makers remain tight-lipped about it, the grapevine is buzzing with rumours that Aamir Khan was their first choice to play the villain.
Says an insider, "Around the same time when Aditya Chopra narrated the story of Dhoom 3 to Aamir, Dibakar had approached him with his script. Both were challenging, negative roles for two YRF films. He was in a dilemma, but then finally decided to take up the Dhoom 3 offer."
The filmmaker, however, refrained from revealing the villain's identity.