A five-year-old tweet by author Chetan Bhagat has suddenly gone viral where he announces Sushant Singh Rajput as the lead actor of the movie based on his book Half Girlfriend.
Many Twitter users are now sharing Bhagat’s tweet and blaming nepotism for Arjun Kapoor eventually replacing Sushant as the film’s lead actor.
“So happy to share @itsSSR will play lead in @mohit11481 directed Half Girlfriend. Shooting begins 1Q16,” reads Chetan Bhagat’s now viral tweet, originally posted on November 7, 2015.
Sharing Bhagat’s old tweet, a user wrote: “So it was supposed to be Sushant in Half Girlfriend but finally given to Starkid Arjun Kapoor. On whose direction?”
“See how nepotism works in corrupted Bollywood, Arjun Kapoor got this film by removing Sushant Singh Rajput #PapaHainNa,” tweeted another user.
“Aditya replaced shushant….then Ranveer replaced shushant….then legendry arjun kapoor replaced shushant…..ok how many of u believe this is just a coincidence or injustice with @itsSSR ….Pls support shushant… otherwise we might see few other shushant really soon,” reads another tweet.
Apart from this, many netizens are also criticising Arjun Kapoor’s acting skills, and are calling for a boycott of all the star kids working in the film industry.
“Today I pledge that I will never watch a film produced by- Karan Johar, Mahesh Bhatt, Yashraj. And I will not watch the film starring- Sonam Kapoor, Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Ranbeer Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ananya Pandey, Kareena Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha. #boycottbollywoodgang,” announced a user.
However, according to a Hindustan Times report, Sushant, in an interview to Bollywood Life in 2016, had clarified the reason why he couldn’t commit to Half Girlfriend – it was because he was already committed to Dinesh Vijan’s Raabta. He also spoke of films he was part of not working out, which led him to lose out on others.
Sushant had said, “See, I was doing many films and they are all releasing now. I don’t want to name them. What happens is, when I give my word to someone and he’s delaying (not because he wants to, but because of a particular reason) and I get to understand it, I won’t ditch. So be it the biggest film with the biggest studio or the smallest film, I won’t leave another film. So unfortunately, because of the two films that I was doing and that didn’t happen, I lost out on 12 films in the last one year. One film didn’t happen and the other was put off by a few months. And these films are the films that we generally talk about these days. Let’s not get into all that.”
Sushant was also replaced by Aditya Roy Kapur in Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor. On whether he regretted not being part of Half Girlfriend and Fitoor, he said, “I don’t have any regrets. This is something I will follow for the rest of my life, the rest of my days that I am working in this industry. If I like the script and give you my word, I won’t ditch you just because I find some other film more exciting and bigger than the film I said yes to. I said yes to Dinesh Vijan long before Half Girlfriend was even offered to me. And because of a big confusion (again, because of someone else), we were told that we could shoot both films simultaneously. But it wasn’t the case because both directors wanted a particular month. So since I had said yes to Dinesh first, I had to opt out of Mohit’s film.”