The popular romcom hum tum He recently turned 18 on May 28th. Saif Ali Khan gave one of the best performances of his career in this film. The performance is loved so much that even today one cannot imagine another actor playing Karan Kapoor in this film.
18 Years of Hum Tum EXCLUSIVE: “We first approached Aamir Khan. At this point he was going through his divorce; Hrithik Roshan had liked the script but turned it down as it was a time when he had delivered back-to-back flops” – Kunal Kohli
On hum tum18th Anniversary, Bollywood Hungama spoke exclusively to its director, Kunal Kohli, who shared interesting facts about the film. He said that while getting Rani Mukerji as the lead lady was not difficult, finding the male lead was a challenge.
Kunal Kohli revealed: “We had approached Aamir Khan first. At this point he was going through his divorce. It was so deep he couldn’t even hear the narration. We then approached Hrithik Roshan. He liked the script but turned it down as it was a time when he had delivered back-to-back flops.”
Kunal Kohli continued: “As we approached Vivek Oberoi, usne pehle ‘haan’ bola, tanne ‘naa’ bola aur tanne wapis ‘haan’ bola! He said yes at first. When we wanted to get his dates, he went out. Then, after a while, he showed interest again. This time we told him: ‘Nahin, Rehne do‘! Agar kisi ko kaam nahi karna hai, toh mat karo. Kisi se zabardasti kyun kaam karwana.”
These rejections took a toll on Kunal Kohli: “I was afraid the film would never get made. That’s when producer Aditya Chopra told me to try Saif. He told me, ‘tera har Scene Saif ke saath kitna accha lagega. Think about it’!”
However, Kunal Kohli had reservations as Saif Ali Khan had never worked as a solo hero at the box office. Kunal Kohli explained, “I said to Adi, ‘Baat toh sahi hai. par picture dekhega kaun?’ However, he told me: ‘Woh mera problem hai. do picture banana‘.” Then Saif Ali Khan came on board and the rest is history.
Also Read: 18 Years Hum Tum EXCLUSIVE: “People felt Jab Maine Hrithik Roshan ke saath hit the movie nahi di, toh Saif Ali Khan ke saath the movie kaise dega?” – Kunal Kohli
Other pages: Hum Tum Box Office Collection, Hum Tum Movie Review
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