If you thought that Karan Johar's upcoming production Student Of The Year will be another Shah Rukh Khan starrer, then you are in for a surprise. For the first time in Johar's career, his star actor will not be featured. Instead, Johar and SRK have decided to share space only behind-the scenes as co-producers of the film.
Even though Johar tailor-made the role of the dean in the film for SRK, the two best friends mutually decided that the character was just not the right fit. And filling in for SRK is the actor's close friend, Rishi Kapoor. Interestingly, Rishi was one of the first actors that SRK had an opportunity to work with.
In fact, SRK marked his debut in Bollywood in the 1992 Raj Kanwar film, Deewana, opposite Rishi. The film catapulted SRK to stardom. And now, SRK's career seems to be making a full circle, as he opts out of the film to make way for the veteran actor.
A source told us, "Karan had specially written the part for Shah Rukh. For him it was unimaginable to direct a film that doesn't feature the actor. The role of the dean was specially written for Shah Rukh. But finally SRK and Karan mutually decided that the actor should not take on the role."
Considering the personal and professional rapport SRK and Johar share, it is no surprise that the industry has been abuzz with speculation about the actor's reasons for opting out of Student Of The Year. The most rumoured reason seems to point at the uncanny resemblance of the role to Amitabh Bachchan's part in Aditya Chopra's Mohabbatein.
However, sources say that SRK felt that he was not the right age to play the role and Johar seemed to have echoed similar sentiments. When asked if SRK will make a cameo appearance for a touch of good luck, Johar said, "He's the co-producer. What more luck could I hope for? But no, he won't be in the film.
Let me tell you though that Rishi Kapoor has the most important role in Student Of The Year. Chintu Uncle is doing two films for Dharma - Agneepath and Student Of The Year."
Looks like whatever transpired after Koffee With Karan, when Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor took their opportunity to character bash Rishi's son Ranbir, seems to be a thing of the past.
Rishi will feature alongside the three newcomers David Dhawan's son Varun Dhawan, Mahesh Bhatt-Soni Razdan's daughter Aliya Bhatt and Siddharth Malhotra.