22/08/2016 4:10 PM IST | Updated 22/08/2016 5:49 PM IST

Aamir Khan Was All Set To Play KM Nanavati, But Then 'Rustom' Happened

Who would have played it better?

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File photo of Bollywood actor Aamir Khan.

Bollywood perfectionist Aamir Khan had secretly been working on a film that, just like the recent Akshay Kumar starrer, Rustom, wasinspired by the infamous K.M. Nanavati case, reports suggest.

The 3 Idiots (2009) star had extensively researched for the project and had also received a thumbs up from Sylvia, Nanavati's widow, reported DNA.

But the project was suspended when Rustom and Pooja Bhatt's Love Affair, both based on the same case, were announced.

"Aamir was very eager to do a film on the case. He was collaborating with director Ram Madhvani on the same. After the director helmed the true-life account in Neerja effectively, Aamir felt Madhvani was the best filmmaker to piece together the intricate jigsaw pieces of the real-life Nanavati case," DNA quoted a source saying.

The duo also reportedly met Sylvia.

"Yes, they met Mrs Nanavati. And she was enthusiastic about the project. After all, Aamir, who is known to be a superstar with a conscience, was doing it," added the source.

Claiming that Akshay Kumar's current blockbuster, Rustom, has little accurate information about the case, the source added, "Some of us, who were researching for the project, are disheartened after seeing Rustom. It has very little to do with the case. The tone of our film was going to be totally different. It's one of the most important cases of our times and deserved to be brought to celluloid with some responsibility."

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