Shahid Kapoor Was Not The First Choice For “Kabir Singh”. Here Is Who Was

The trailer of “Kabir Singh” has garnered praises left and right. As soon as the trailer dropped, there have been comparisons to the original Vijay-starrer “Arjun Reddy”.

For the unversed, Kabir Singh is the official remake of the South blockbuster “Arjun Reddy”. Since it was an immensely successful movie, the expectations are high from Shahid Kapoor. In fact, the 38 years old actor had to shed 14 kgs to look the part. He plays a young medical student in the film.

“It was the first time since Ishq Vishk (2003) that Shahid would be seen as a college goer. So, I put him on a strict 1400-1500 calorie diet a day, along with extensive cardio sessions to achieve a lean look,’ says Samir Jaura, Shahid’s trainer.

“Through an intense workout and diet, he lost 14 kilos. By the time the film started, Shahid was looking the part,” he added.

Although Shahid did put a ton of efforts into the role, he wasn’t the first choice for the role. It was Arjun Kapoor who was approached for the role initially.

In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Director Sandeep Vanga confirmed that he had approached Arjun for the role initially.

On being asked if Arjun Kapoor was the first one to have been approached for the role, Vanga said,

 “Yeah, but before that Shahid and I were already in talks, so I couldn’t just jump to another actor It’s not about whose acting caliber is greater but it’s about the commitment.”

Well, from the trailer, we can undoubtedly claim that Shahid has left no stone unturned for this role. The film’s story revolves around a surgeon whose life changes drastically after a bad breakup. He starts using drugs and alcohol to get over the breakup. Kiara Advani is in the lead role as well and the movie is slated to release on June 21.

Check out the trailer here, if you haven’t watched it yet-

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