Rang De Basanti directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is based on a poem written by Dushyant Kumar. Initially Shah Rukh Khan was the original choice for the lead role and the director-actor Farhan Akhtar was also in the list. Later they were replaced by Amir Khan and Sidharth respectively. Arjun Rampal, Prieti Zinta, Shahid Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan are other actors who opted out from the project.
Anyway, the end result – The film was well received by critics and audiences for its excellent script and performances. It was the highest-grossing film in its opening weekend in India and had the highest opening day collections for a Hindi film, till then. Rang De Basanti was India’s official entry to the Oscars for the Best Foreign Language Film category in 2007.