Starring Vicky Kaushal, Kiara Advani and Bhumi Pednekar in the lead roles, Govinda Naam Mera is set to stream December 16 on Disney+ Hotstar. In a recent interview, its director Shashank Khaitan revealed that Varun Dhawan was originally cast as the comic artist’s lead character.
Speaking to indianexpress.com, Shashank explained why Varun pulled out of the film telling the portal, “Nothing went wrong. After the lockdown, we all tried to rethink our careers and understand what we wanted to do. I also think that with Varun and me, the pressure is very high when it comes to our collaboration.”
Shashank starred Bhediya in his first two films titled Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania in 2014 and Badrinath Ki Dulhania in 2017 which starred Alia Bhatt in the lead role. Both films, produced by Karan Johar, received critical and public acclaim.
Although the filmmaker also added that while writing Govinda Naam Mera he always had Vicky Kaushal in mind, as he continued, “In a very funny way, this film, when I wrote it for the very first time, I had Vicky Kushal in mind. But at the time, Vicky was doing several films.”
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Since the titular character Govinda Waghmere in the upcoming film is a choreographer, Shashank said, “I know Vicky. Vicky dances. I’ve seen him dance at every party and he doesn’t leave the dance floor. I have also always knew he has a great sense of humor. I always knew he was a great comedic actor as well. Maybe fate wanted us to collaborate on this movie and I’m sure Varun and I will do something together very soon. We’re still talking about it.”
It was in January 2020 when Shashank announced a movie with Varun titled Mr. Lele with its release date of January 1, 2021. It is reported that the same script was renamed and shot as Govinda Naam Mera.