Did Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan Reject Alia Bhatt's Casting In SOTY?

In the latest episode of Koffee With Karan 8, it was disclosed that Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan were against Alia Bhatt being cast in the movie, which marked the Bollywood debut of all three of them.

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The latest episode of Koffee With Karan 8 brought back the nostalgia, with Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan taking centre stage. Alia Bhatt's special message added an extra sprinkle of excitement for fans eagerly waiting to relive the magic. True to the promos, the episode delivered on its promise of being a laughter-packed riot, unveiling numerous intriguing revelations. Bhatt made a disclosure about Malhotra gifting her beloved pet cat, Edward. Furthermore, the revelation about Yash Chopra considering Student of the Year as his final film before his demise added a poignant touch to the episode.


Here are five highlight moments that made the episode stand out: offering glimpses into the personal and professional lives of the guests and giving fans plenty to talk about and cherish.

Koffee With Karan 8 Ep 5's Highlights:

Alia Bhatt's Surprise Video

Bhatt surprised Malhotra and Dhawan with unknown facts about Sid. She praised his singing talent and his knack for starting parties with his 'punjabiness.' But what stood out was her heartfelt gratitude to Sid for giving her "the first love of my life," her pet cat Edward. It was a sweet moment, revealing the depth of their bond.

Sid-Varun Didn't Want "Too Young" Alia Bhatt In SOTY

During the episode, Karan Johar shared an interesting revelation about the debut film, where Dhawan, Malhotra, and Bhatt had their dreamy entry into Bollywood. Johar mentioned that both leading men initially hesitated about casting Bhatt in the film. He recalled receiving messages from them expressing reservations about her casting. Varun and Sid denied sending those messages, though Johar mentioned one of them stating, "She's too young." Additionally, Johar revealed that Dhawan even sent him images of other girls for the same role, indicating his reluctance at the time.


Reel Love Story To Real Love Story

When discussing Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani's wedding earlier this year, Johar mentioned their romantic ceremony. He hinted that while the event captured hearts when the video surfaced online, Malhotra initially preferred not to share those intimate moments with the public. He said, "It seemed like a reel love story has translated into a real love story. Like the romance of Shershaah has come alive in the real world."

He had reservations about sharing their wedding video, despite its popularity worldwide, "It was not planned. I was quite against putting the video out. But credit to Manish (Malhotra) and Kiara, who said, ‘Let’s put it out’. I was like it might look forced."

Yash Chopra Saw SOTY As His Last Film


In 2012, the film industry lost Yash Chopra, a legendary filmmaker. Karan Johar revealed a poignant detail, mentioning that before his passing, Yash Chopra considered 'SOTY' as his final film. Johar shared that Yash Chopra blessed the film and its cast on its first day and watched it on October 9. Sadly, he was admitted to the hospital on October 12 and passed away afterwards. Johar recalled Chopra's words, saying, "You have launched three stars," on the day he saw the film, highlighting the significance of the moment in their lives.

The latest episode of Koffee With Karan season 8 showcases an engaging bromance between Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan. Watch it on Disney Plus Hotstar

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