Hirani, however, said the film was originally planned as a TV series and he had approached Madhavan for the titular role.
"Before Munna Bhai MBBS got made into a film, years back I had written it as a series. I wanted to do a serial out of it and that time Maddy (Madhavan) was doing many serials, he was a big star on television and I had approached him and he said 'I am too busy I don't think I can do it'.
"If he had agreed Munna Bhai wouldn't have gotten made as a film," Hirani said.
To which, Madhavan added, "I always knew it (the film) had a better future."
The duo was speaking at the trailer launch of film 'Saala Khadoos', which stars the 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns' actor and is co-produced by Hirani.
The bilingual sports drama 'Saala Khadoos' is scheduled to release on January 29.


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