While Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor have been receiving good comments for the trailer of Gunday, a little-known fact is that the two actually wanted to play each other’s roles! The director, Ali Abbas Zaffar, gave them a joint narration without specifying who would be playing which character. Turns out, at the end of it, Ranveer wanted to be signed on to play the role of Bala, while Arjun connected a lot more with Bikram.
It’s easy to see why, too – Bala is supposed to be the more outspoken, flamboyant and boisterous of the two, and we know those are three traits that Ranveer definitely has. Meanwhile, Bikram is slightly quieter, of the ‘angry young man’ variety, something that suited Arjun’s personality more. However, they were in for a bit of a surprise when Ali revealed that he’d like them to play the other characters – Ranveer, Bikram; Arjun, Bala.
Word has it that, at that point, Ranveer tried reasoning with him by saying that audiences have see him more as a Bala, and love him like that. However, the director was adamant that he wanted Ranveer to play Bikram and Arjun to play Bala. He tried persuading the duo to give it a shot, and after discussing it for a little while, the actors agreed to go with his vision. Now, even those who have seen portions of the film during editing claim that they work best as these characters, and cannot imagine them playing the other.
Either way, the trailer’s looking good, so here’s hoping that both the actors knocked it out of the park with their respective roles. Are you looking forward to seeing them play characters that are in contrast to their personalities? Check them out in the making of their new song, Jashn e Ishqa, where they talk a bit about their characters: