If all had gone well Rishi Kapoor would have played his son Ranbir’s father on screen in a bio-pic on the life of sharpshooter Abhinav Bindra.
Ranbir was offered the role of Bindra and Rishi Kapoor was to play Abhinav’s father Apjit Bindra who was largely instrumental in shaping his son’s career.
But then Ranbir opted out of that project. He had already signed a bio-pic,Raj Kumar Hirani’s Sanju where he played Sanjay Dutt and he was not interested in doing another bio-pic(he still isn’t).Rishi too opted out.
Sadly the only film where father Rishi and son Ranbir are seen together is Abhinav Kashyap’s disastrous Besharam where in a vain effort to cast against expectation, Rishi and Ranbir did not play father and son.
Olympian sharp-shooter Abhinav Bindra’s bio-pic has gone through several upheavals before finally landing up on the doorstep of Anil Kapoor and his son Harshvardhan.
Kannan Iyer who directed the eerie Ek Thi Daayan will direct the Bindra bio-pic.
Anil will play Abhinav’s father and Hardhvardhan will take up the all-important role of Abhinav Bindra. Earlier Rishi Kapoor had been roped in to play the father while Ranbir Kapoor who shares his birth date with AbhinavBindra ,was to play Bindra. There was some talk of Varun Dhawan taking up the Bindra role .But he has decided not to do real-life characters so early in his career.
Wise decision, we say.
Abhinav Bindra’s father Apjit Bindra was instrumental in seeing Abhinav win gold at the Olympics. Director Kannan Iyer spent close to three years researching the Bindra story. The bio-pic is being made in close association with the Bindras. After going through their entire story Kannan decided to format the film as a father-son story.
Harshvardhan who is the newest method actor in Bollywoood known to alter his physical metabolism as per the demand of the role is now readying himself to play the sharp-shooter.