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The Real Reason Why Ranbir Kapoor Didn’t Do Delhi Belly



Ranbir Kapoor

 Recently  Delhi Belly director Abhinay Deo  went  on- record  to state  that  Ranbir  Kapoor  was “also considered” for  Delhi Belly.

 This is  not quite the way it actually happened. In fact Ranbir  Kapoor  was producer Aamir Khan’s first choice.  And Imran  Khan, who  eventually did the role, was quite  hurt that his Mamujaan(Uncle) hadn’t thought  of  him  first for  the role.

It was only  when Ranbir  Kapoor  chickened  out that  Aamir asked his nephew to step in.

And why did  Ranbir  Kapoor  chicken out? I still remember  my conversation with  him on this.

Ranbir had said, “I just thought about how embarrassing  it would be  for  me  to  watch this  film film with my parents  at  the  premiere, and  I opted  out.”

Imran  was  the next and most obvious choice, and  I must say  he did a  fine  job of  his  role. The  film’s language  still  sounds shocking. Never heard  producer Aamir Khan using such esoteric cusswords in  his films.

In an  interview with me  in June 2008, Delhi Belly director Abhinay Deo  had  said, “It’s an ensemble cast. Every character is equally important. We had zeroed in on Ranbir  Kapoor  to play one of the parts. But that didn’t work out. So our search started again. …Delhi Belly is in the English language, but since it’s about young people in Delhi it would’ve have a smattering of Hindi too”

The  film’s direction  was first offered  to  Swedish director Robert Nylund. Considering the film’s  language  this would seem  prophetic.

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