In 2013, Hrithik Roshan was excited to work in Shekhar Kapoor’s directorial Paani. He had also told the media that he will do the film with all the happiness and joy on his face. Shekhar Kapur had also written the script keeping Hrithik in mind and no one else. But Hrithik and Shekhar parted ways and the war actor was replaced by Sushant Singh Rajput in the film.
During the promotions of Krrish 3, Hrithik was asked about the reason he was replaced by Sushant in Paani. The actor, who was happy to answer questions from the media, refused to say anything and simply left. When Hrithik was further prodded as he continued to walk inside the hall, he replied, “How should I know?” Hrithik was visibly upset by the question as Paani was a special film for him.
In his 2013 blog, Shekhar Kapur mentioned how he wrote the script of Paani and described the protagonist of the film based on Hrithik’s looks. He had even asked Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman to envision Hrithik while composing music for the film. It was reported that the producers of Paani have not reached an agreement with Hrithik regarding the profit sharing of the film.
When Sushant came on board, he immersed himself in the making of the film and discussed every detail with Shekhar Kapur, who somehow fell in love with it. However, the producers of Paani Yash Raj Films said that they will not make this film with Sushant and eventually the film was shelved.
In 2020, Shekhar Kapur revealed that Sushant was heartbroken after Paani was rejected. “Jab film bandh ho gayi and he realized that he is not doing the film, bohot roya woh. Main bhi roya. Woh rota tha toh main bhi rota tha saath-saath because I was also passionately and deeply involved with him. Humari zindagiyan hi kuch aisi hoti hai – ups and downs,” Shekhar said on Instagram Live with Manoj Baipaye.
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