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Why was ‘2 States’ rejected by Shahrukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and Saif?

The Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer ‘2 States’ was earlier offered to Shahrukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor as well as Saif Ali Khan before the Ishaqzaade star, Arjun Kapoor signed the dotted lines, Producer Sajid Nadiadwala said here today.

The movie which is being produced by Sajid and Karan Johar is based on Chetan Bhagat’s 2009 novel which goes by the same name and has been directed by debutante director Abhishek Varman.

Look at the journey the film has taken. It started with Saif Ali Khan green lighting the project. Then Shahrukh Khan and later Ranbir. After that, Karan came to me saying let’s make it with Arjun and I fell off my chair. However, when we started making the movie and I saw the final product, I thought Karan was right in his judgement,” Sajid said at the trailer launch of ‘2 States’.

I am proud of Arjun, because I have seen him grow. I know his dad (Boney Kapoor) and mom (Mona Kapoor) very well. I am extremely proud of him about the way he has worked in films until now,” he said.

Arjun will be seen playing the role of a Punjabi boy called Krish Malhotra.

It is like a dream come true to be part of a film based on a novel that was liked by one and all. I had first noticed this book on my mother’s bookshelf. This film came to me after ‘Ishaqzaade’ was released. I am excited to do this film and it is very much different from what I have done in my previous films,” Arjun Kapoor said.

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