The marvelous and gentle role of Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore in JK Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ series played initially by the late English actor Richard Harris faced a stumbling block when he died in 2002.
It was then Indian actor Naseerudin Shah was approached. In an interview with the Times of India on Monday, Naseeruddhin Shah said, "My agent wanted me to audition for Dumbledore’s character after Richard Harris died. I was asked if I would like to audition for it. But I wouldn’t audition for it." He quickly added, "Holy Sh.., Just imagine the possibilities."
Dumbledore was played by Michael Gambon, who remained unforgotten for his perfection in the role. Whether Naseeruddin Shah would fit in similar stature is any way left to the fans of ‘Harry Potter’, but he would have done far better abroad than at home. He has virtually faced erosion from the Bollywood except for the film "The Dirty Picture" two years ago.
If he had gone for the ‘Harry Potter’ series, which stretched from 2001 to 2011, he would have easily been busy for another decade in Hollywood.