Rishi was first pick for Rocket


MUMBAI: Ranbir Kapoor, who is expected to direct a film late next year, was supposed to work with his dad in Rocket Singh, but producer Aditya Chopra rejected the idea, saying audiences wouldn’t like to see Rishi Kapoor as the young actor’s mean boss.

“The entire Yash Raj team was all for casting Rishi Kapoor as Ranbir’s boss. Only Adi (Aditya Chopra) thought the audiences would not accept Rishi Kapoor as a negative boss to his own son. We had to relent,” said a source.

Rishi confirms that he was indeed considered for Ranbir’s boss’ part in the movie.

“I’m told that Yash Raj wanted me to play the role. They finally decided otherwise. I think they felt the baap-beta jodi wouldn’t be acceptable as boss-employee,” Rishi said.

However, Rishi is all praise for Manish

Choudhary who replaced him in the film, “Manish is the discovery of the year.”

Talking about his

son’s performance in the film, Rishi said, “Ranbir has lived the character, though I feel there should’ve bee more Punjabiyat in his speech.”