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When Harshvardhan Kapoor refused Mirzya

Anil Kapoor's son, who is making his acting debut, revealed interesting bits about the film.

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Actor Harshvardhan Kapoor, who is making his debut with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya, said the film isn’t a masala entertainer. He went on to reveal that he had refused the film when the director had first approached him.

“I think that it [the film] is not a masala entertainer. However, it’s very hard to gauge what’s commercial and what’s not. I think anything that does well becomes commercial. For instance, look at Neerja,” Harshvardhan told IANS in an interaction here. “If it takes a massive start at the box office, I will be very surprised,” he added.

Mirzya pairs Harshvardhan Kapoor, son of veteran star Anil Kapoor, with Saiyami Kher, granddaughter of the late Usha Kiran, who is also making her debut. The film, written by Gulzar, is a take on the tragic love story of Mirza-Sahiban.

Kapoor revealed that he was first approached by Mehra for the film in 2011, but he refused to take it up as he was not prepared at that point of time. “I met Mehra in 2008 on the sets of Delhi-6 and he liked the way I was in terms of my facial characteristics. He really appreciated my sensibility and my opinions and the kinds of films that I like,” said the 25-year-old.

Mirzya is scheduled to release on 7 October.