'Your female fans will run away': Shakun Batra joked with Fawad about playing a gay man

'Your female fans will run away': Shakun Batra joked with Fawad about playing a gay man

The Kapoor & Sons director admitted both he and Fawad were nervous about reactions to Fawad's character in the film
27 Apr, 2016

Fawad Khan was nervous about playing a gay character in Kapoor & Sons; we've learned it straight from his director's mouth.

Read more: Did you know? 3 other actors were offered Fawad's role in Kapoor & Sons

In an interview with Filmfare, director Shakun Batra confirmed that both he and Fawad were concerned about reactions to his character, who comes out to his family in the film.

“There were a lot of jokes between Fawad and me about his homosexual character. I used to say, ‘Bro! Your career is over. People are going to f****ng hate you. You have a female fan following, that will just run away’. We used to laugh and use the humour to cover up our nervousness.”

Luckily, that wasn't the case!

Batra says he was glad to discover that “People won’t just pay for stupid entertainment; they’ll also pay to connect with a story and its characters.”


aisha Apr 27, 2016 04:49pm
Why these Pakistani stars diminish their own value in Indian Cinema ?
TARUN Durga Apr 27, 2016 08:24pm
Fawad Played a charectar and he did it well.
Shail Apr 27, 2016 08:31pm
Fawad was brilliant in Kapoor and Sons. He was lucky to get this role, as two bigger stars rejected the role.
Indian Apr 27, 2016 10:29pm
@aisha, even Tom Hanks played a gay character in Philadelphia and to perfection. Every great actor will accept the challehnge bcoz it takes a lot courage, character and competence to do so. I will rather commend Fawad for pulling off the character so well.
Satt Apr 27, 2016 10:55pm
Playing gay isn't bad and I think the casting of the film was good and I don't think women dislike gay men,women only like man who can act good love to her.
cheebz Apr 28, 2016 05:26am
our suedo-liberals in the pakistani english media are apparently praising him for playing gay... great.. we loose anther great actor.. why is it that we send great actors to india and they ruin them!
Akil Akhtar Apr 28, 2016 07:40am
He needs to stay there with Adnan Sami...he has already lost a lot of support in Pakistan.
Shdhsn Apr 30, 2016 07:01pm
@aisha he played a role very nicely. It is not a reflection of his personal life. Several actors play Don or killer roles, that does not make them Don or killer.