Not Arjun Kapoor But THIS Actor Was The First Choice For Namastey England

Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra are currently busy promoting their upcoming film Namaste England. It is a follow up of the movie ‘Namastey London’ which was one of Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s biggest hits. The film had Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif in the lead role. The story of Namastey England is making fans nostalgic and reminding them for the Akshay- Katrina starrer.

However, the director of the film recently revealed that Arjun Kapoor wasn’t the first choice for the lead of  ‘Namaste England’. With the release  just days away, filmmaker Vipul Shah has confirmed that he had initially approached Akshay Kumar for the film before roping in Arjun as the lead.

In an interview to a leading daily, Vipul Shah said, “I was going to do this film with Akshay but unfortunately, his dates were blocked. So he requested me to approach someone else and assured that we’ll reconnect for another film on a later date.”

It was only after Akshay’s rejection that the film went to Arjun Kapoor but Shah clearly told Arjun about his first choice. “I went to Arjun and with all honesty, I told him that Akshay was my first choice but dates were not working out. Arjun liked the script that’s how he came on board,” director added.

Speaking about why he didn’t cast Katrina, Vipul says, “Katrina could not have been a part of this because it’s a story of a desi girl. I spoke to her about this and explained to her why we cannot work on this project and she understood.”

Refuting similarities between Namaste London and Namaste England, Vipul said, “When we developed the script, it was very much in the world of Namaste London. The travel from Punjab to England was only the common factor. It has an interesting content with twist and turns which is not out in the trailers.”



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