Kapoor & Sons has released and it has won a lot of appreciation. And once again we got to see that Fawad Khan is one actor, any director can count on – including Karan Johar.
In an interview with BT, Karan had once said that they had gone to several successful actors for the gay character that Fawad played, but they all refused. No one wanted to play a homosexual character and that’s when Fawad came onboard.
In his column for Open Magazine, Rajeev Masand wrote:
As many as half a dozen actors are believed to have turned down the role of the elder brother in Shakun Batra’s recent hit Kapoor & Sons, before the makers approached Fawad Khan. Saif Ali Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Shahid Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor were all approached. While some explicitly admitted that they didn’t want to play a character that happens to be gay, others reportedly cited different excuses. Farhan, whom Shakun had assisted previously, said he loved the film but didn’t see himself playing the older sibling. Of the lot, the makers say he was the most professional and upfront about his reservations.
When they approached Fawad with the part, the actor agreed almost immediately after reading the script. Refreshingly, he had no inhibitions about the character’s sexuality, and much later when there was talk that the studio wanted to keep that detail out of the film for its Pakistan release, Fawad insisted that they not develop cold feet at the last minute.