Updated June 5th, 2024 at 14:32 IST

These Real-life Bollywood Siblings Were First Choices For Zoya Akhtar's Dil Dhadakne Do

Before casting Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra as Kabir and Ayesha Mehra, Zoya Akhtar had initially approached real-life siblings Ranbir and Kareena.

Dil Dhadakne Do | Image:IMDB
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Zoya Akhtar's 2015 film Dil Dhadakne Do, a drama about a dysfunctional family, received a range of positive to mixed reviews upon its release. However, it quickly became a beloved film among families. The movie features Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Ranveer Singh, and Priyanka Chopra as the Mehras, a wealthy Delhi family who embark on a ten-day Mediterranean cruise to celebrate Kamal (Kapoor) and Neelam Mehra's (Shah) 30th wedding anniversary. The trip sparks a whirlwind of emotions and drama, ultimately strengthening their familial bonds.

Who were the first choices for Dil Dhadakne Do?

Interestingly, before casting Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra as Kabir and Ayesha Mehra, Zoya Akhtar had initially approached real-life siblings Ranbir Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan for these roles. According to media reports, Ranbir had to decline due to scheduling conflicts, which led to Kareena also withdrawing from the project, as her primary interest was to act alongside her cousin.

Dil Dhadakne Do poster | Image: IMDb

 

This information was corroborated by Anil Kapoor, who mentioned in a promotional video for Animal's OTT release on Netflix India that Ranbir Kapoor was originally part of Dil Dhadakne Do. He told Ranbir, "When I said yes to Dil Dhadakne Do, you were doing it." Anil Kapoor played Ranbir Kapoor's father in the 2023 crime drama Animal.

Dil Dhadakne Do poster | Image: IMDb

 

Was Hrithik going to be a part of Dil Dhadakne Do?

Initially, Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif were set to portray the love interests of Kareena Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor. These roles were eventually played by Farhan Akhtar and Anushka Sharma, who took on the characters of Sunny Gill and Farah Ali, respectively.

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Besides the main cast of Ranveer, Priyanka, Anil, Farhan, and Anushka, Dil Dhadakne Do boasts an ensemble cast including Rahul Bose, Zarina Wahab, Vikrant Massey, Parmeet Sethi, Pawan Chopra, Manoj Pahwa, Divya Seth, and Ayesha Raza Mishra. Additionally, Aamir Khan provided the voiceover for Pluto Mehra, the family's dog.

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Published June 5th, 2024 at 14:32 IST