An old tweet by author Chetan Bhagat now has been revised with over 35k tweets on social media, in which he’d announced Sushant Singh Rajput’s casting in the film adaptation of his novel, Half Girlfriend, has been unearthed. Sushant dropped out of the film and was replaced by Arjun Kapoor.
“So happy to share @itsSSR will play the lead in @mohit11481 directed Half Girlfriend. Shooting begins 1Q16,” Chetan had tweeted in late 2015. Sushant had made his film debut with another Chetan Bhagat adaptation, Kai Po Che!. Sushant had said in an interview that he dropped out of Half Girlfriend and other films because of scheduling conflicts.
Sushant was also supposed to star in Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor but was replaced by Aditya Roy Kapur. Asked if he regretted not being a part of those films, the actor had said, “No. I don’t have any regrets. This is something I will follow for the rest of my life, the rest of the days that I am working in this industry. If I like the script and give you my word, I won’t ditch you just because I find some other film more exciting and bigger than the film I said yes to.”
He clarified, “I said yes to Dinesh Vijan long before Half Girlfriend was even offered to me. And because of a big confusion (again, because of someone else), we were told that we could shoot both films simultaneously. But it wasn’t the case because both directors wanted a particular month. So since I had said yes to Dinesh first, I had to opt-out of Mohit’s film.”