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Arjun Kapoor wanted to play Fawad Khan’s role in Kapoor & sons after the role of closeted gay novelist was turned down by 6 actors

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Arjun Kapoor recently revealed that he was keen on doing Kapoor and Sons, and even called up director Shakun Batra for a role. He wanted to play the role of the closeted gay novelist, which eventually went to Fawad Khan.

However even Fawad Khan was not the first choice for the role. As many as six actors had turned down the role before him and at one point producer Karan Johar even considered shelving the film.

Arjun says that he made a call to director Shakun Batra when he was facing casting trouble.“Not a lot of people know this but I can confess this now here. I had called up Shakun Batra when Kapoor & Sons was stuck for a while and I had said I would want to do Kapoor and Sons. At that point of time, obviously, Shakun didn’t see the casting hitting the spot,” Arjun said, adding, “I wanted to play Fawad’s role. I knew they were getting stuck with that.”

Arjun joked about teasing Shakun about not casting him but using his name in the film. “I was never offered the film, I had just heard that the film was being cast but it was not proving to be an easy exercise. And I know Shakun personally, so I called him up and said, ‘I would love to read and I feel I can play that role also. I have no qualms about playing either/or, wherever you see me fit, but I would like to work with you.’ I keep making fun of him, ‘Tune Arjun Kapoor ko nahi liya but Arjun Kapoor ka naam le liya (You didn’t take Arjun Kapoor in your film but you took Arjun Kapoor’s name).’ Because Sidharth Malhotra ended up being called Arjun Kapoor in the film,” the actor said.