Shahid Kapoor‘s Kabir Singh is one of the greatest hits of 2019 so far, despite all the backlash it attracted. Months after its release, the actor still finds himself defending the film which broke quite a few Box Office records.
Turns out, the film’s titular role was initially offered to Arjun Kapoor. The producers, Murad Khetani and Ashwini Varde reportedly had Arjun in mind when they acquired the film’s rights but the director, Sandeep Reddy Vanga had already committed to Sasha.
It did not reach that stage where I could choose or not. When the rights were being acquired by Ashwin and Murad, who made Mubarakan, they acquired keeping me in mind. Sandeep Vanga, the director had met Shahid and he had seen the film before and they decided to do the film together.
Fundamentally, films chose actors and directors but in this case, the intent was right from our side and we couldn’t combine it. It doesn’t mean I left it or I did not choose it. It is complicated. There are human emotions and decisions and a lot of things come into the picture. The director wanted somebody else because he had committed it to someone. It was not that he said, “you can’t do it”. My impulse stays right as I selected the right material but then you move on in life.
That’s a very mature outlook with an articulated thought process, isn’t?! Arjun will be seen next in Panipat and Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar.