Koffee With Karan 7: Kareena Kapoor, Not The First Choice For Laal Singh Chaddha, Had To Screen Test


Kareena-Aamir on Laal Singh Chaddha sets. (courtesy: kareenakapoorkhan)

New Delhi:

The new episode of Koffee With Karan 7, featuring Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor, aired at midnight but is was worth the wait. During the show, Aamir Khan revealed that Kareena was not the first choice for Roopa’s character in Laal Singh Chaddha and that the actress gave a screen test for the first time in her 22-year-long career. Kareena also added that it was her husband Saif Ali Khan, who convinced her for the screen test and said that it’s “really cool.” Kareena said, “Aamir was very sure that I had to screen test for the part. And its obviously the first film in my career which I think…It was actually Saif who told me, he said listen I think it’s really cool because only Aamir Khan can actually tell someone this that you have to screen test for a part. Because he was like that’s what everyone does. He’s like I am happy that you have to do it and you should. They bought a camera to my office. They made me enact the scene because he was like I am not confident. It was because of Saif. I was like no one had ever because in here I don’t know I was like I have never done it in 22 years.”

The 41-year-old actress added that she was “nervous” about the screen test and said, “It was not an ego it was just I’d never done it before, so I was nervous. And when I told Saif, he said I think it’s really cool. You should do it. And I said ya actually what the hell! What will happen? He’ll say it didn’t work. So, it’s fine. I said it’s Aamir. And if I’d do it. It’ll be for Aamir. So, I said listen whatever it is, I am going to take the plunge and have fun with it.”

Aamir Khan also revealed that Kareena was not the first choice for the role. He said that he and the film’s director Advait were seeing an ad, in which Kareena featured with another actress, who they were considering to cast. However, they changed their mind and thought that Kareena would be the right pick for the role. “Advait and I were watching and that girl was also very good but when we saw Kareena in that, we were lost in Kareena. Both of us looked at each other and we said Kareena. We didn’t think of her originally because we thought 25. We were stuck in that 25 which was a stupid thing. She too can get de-aging with me and whatever is required and I’m so glad we saw that ad because I cannot imagine anyone else in this role other than Kareena,” said Aamir Khan.

Aamir also revealed that he is “very stressed” about the film and that it took about 8-9 years to get the film’s rights and about 14 years to make the film.

Laal Singh Chaddha, a remake of Tom Hanks’ Forrest Gump, is slated to release on August 11.





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