"With Imran it was like, his career wasn't going well and we couldn't raise the money. I am quite sad about it. With Sidharth, it just fell apart. With Shahid, it was just a conversation, it was never formulated," Motwane told PTI.
"Bhavesh Joshi" will see Harshvardhan as a vigilante fighting corruption in the society and Motwane says the idea emerged from his own experiences.
"Bhavesh is a local superhero... Sometimes being a vigilante and putting a mask only seems to be the solution as there is frustration. As long as the story and emotions are in place, it will strike a chord with audience," he adds.
"The angry young man of '70s like Amitabh Bachchan, and in the '80s there were Anil Kapoor and Sunny Deol. So many films such as 'Zanjeer', 'Deewar', 'Mr India', 'Nayak', 'Arjun' have influenced 'Bhavesh Joshi'.
"If it works great, if it doesn't work then it is alright. No one will ever blame you for taking risk," the 41-year-old director said.
"Bhavesh Joshi" is set to release on May 25.
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