It’s been a while since Aurangzeb and Arjun Kapoor is itching to play another negative role. He was approached for Karan Malhotra’s period drama Shuddhi, but wanted to play the grey character, which was offered to Varun Dhawan, so Arjun opted out. Now he has been offered Anushka Sharma’s next production Kaneda, but Arjun wants to play the negative role, which has been offered to Diljit Dosanjh.
The film’s title “Kaneda” is inspired by often-heard Punjabi pronunciation of the country, Canada, according to the insiders.“Don’t know why people are referring to ‘Kaneda’ as a comedy. It is a drama and it is not as intense as ‘NH 10’ was.We can’t talk much about the film,” sources added. “Kaneda” will be Anushka’s third production after “NH 10” and “Phillauri“.No chocolate-boy roles.
Says a source, “The film is a love triangle. Arjun was offered the part of a normal boy-next-door, something the actor isn’t keen on taking up. He conveyed that to director Navdeep Singh. After the wholesome Ki & Ka and Anees Bazmee’s upcoming comic entertainer Mubarakan, feels he is ready for negative roles.”
Blame it on Ranveer Singh’s all-dark Allaudin Khillji character in Padmavati or call it a whim, but Arjun wants to go grey. He has been clear from the start that he is not attracted to stereotypical chocolate-boy roles, but those with a twist or grey shades and he feels Kaneda’s villain’s role would have been perfect fit for him.”
The 28-year-old actress has finished the last schedule of “Phillauri”, where she will be seen sharing space with Diljit Dosanjh and “Life of Pi” actor Suraj Sharma. While Arjun, 31, has two films — “Half Girlfriend” with Shraddha Kapoor and “Mubarakan” co-starring uncle Anil Kapoor.
Arjun goes Haryanvi
The second film (after Mubarakan) that Arjun has signed up for, is YRF’s next, a dark thriller helmed by Dibakar Banerjee. The actor plays a loud-mouthed, fire-spewing, coarse-tongued Haryanvi cop and it marks Arjun’s return to the YRF banner after three years (his last film was Gunday in 2013).