Here’s why Karan Johar tried to sabotage Alia Bhatt’s casting in Kapoor & Sons

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Actor Alia Bhatt made her debut with Karan Johar’s Student of the Year and it is safe to say that she is the filmmaker’s most successful protege till date. However, in a chat on an audio platform, the director revealed that he tried to “sabotage” Alia’s casting in his production house’s Kapoor & Sons and had a chat with her wherein he tried to convince her to not do the film due to the length of her character. “I tried to sabotage her casting because I had a one-on-one with Alia and I said, ‘Listen, you don’t have to do every Dharma film. You don’t like it, you don’t do it because the part is really nothing.’ She was like, ‘Yeah, I know but I love Shakun (Batra), I’ll just hear it for him, he’s a good friend.’ I said, ‘Yeah, yeah, but don’t do it. It’s fine because it’s called Kapoor & Sons and you’re not a Kapoor in the film,” Karan revealed during a session on Clubhouse. Kapoor & Sons was released in 2016 and stars Alia, Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan in the lead roles. The movie also stars the late Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah in pivotal roles and is directed by Shakun Batra. 

Karan Johar

“She heard (the script) and she comes to my room and says, ‘I really want to do this film, I really love the script, I don’t care about my role.’ I thought ‘more power to her’ that she actually didn’t see the footage, she didn’t see the length of the role, she just saw the film and I wish all actors in our industry thought like that,” Karan added.

Additionally, the filmmaker also told everyone present that he had reached out to six leading actors for the role of Rahul Kapoor before it finally went to Fawad Khan. None of the six actors agreed to do the role. In the movie, Fawad’s character comes out as gay. “Yes, I had offered Fawad’s part to six different actors and no one did it. No matter what reasons they gave, I felt they were afraid of playing a homosexual man on screen. Having said that, they had a reason and I didn’t judge them for it,” Karan had told a leading daily in 2018.

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