Here’s How Arjun Kapoor replaced Akshay Kumar in Namaste England

Here’s How Arjun Kapoor replaced Akshay Kumar in Namaste England

Barring the Salman Khan-Ajay Devgn starrer London Dreams (2009), Vipul Amrutlal Shah has always collaborated with Akshay Kumar for his directorial ventures.

Barring the Salman Khan-Ajay Devgn starrer London Dreams (2009), Vipul Amrutlal Shah has always collaborated with Akshay Kumar for his directorial ventures.

In This Image: Arjun Kapoor, Akshay Kumar
Naturally then, eyebrows were raised when he roped in Arjun Kapoor for Namaste England. More so, since the prequel – Namastey London (2007) – featured the superstar and was a runaway hit.


The filmmaker reveals it was Kumar’s idea to take the franchise ahead.

The filmmaker reveals it was Kumar's idea to take the franchise ahead.

In This Image: Arjun Kapoor, Akshay Kumar
“Akshay came up with the story of Namaste England. I had planned to make it with him. However, things did not work out due to his busy date diary. In fact, it was Akshay who suggested that I roll the film with someone else,” recalls Shah.


It was then that he considered roping in an actor from the younger crop. “When I approached Arjun, I told him at the outset that the film had been conceived for Akshay. But he loved the subject and agreed to come on board.”

In This Image: Akshay Kumar
Given their long-standing friendship, it was not surprising that Kumar even gave away the title – that was registered with his production house – to the filmmaker for the Parineeti Chopra starrer.


Shah says he has no patience for rumours that suggest a fallout between the duo.

Shah says he has no patience for rumours that suggest a fallout between the duo.

“My relation with Akshay and Amitji [Bachchan] goes beyond work. They were part of my Hindi debut film [Aankhen], so there is an emotional connect. Just because Akshay did not do my film does not mean we have fought.” He pooh-poohs the buzz by citing an example. “A few days ago, we were doing a photo shoot at Mehboob Studios. Akshay was also at the studio, shooting for an ad. We both met each other warmly; Akshay even insisted on taking pictures with Arjun and Parineeti.”



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