This May, Karan Johar will be busy with two production ventures. While Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is already in the news, not many know about his other film. The Sonam Nair-directed movie, Gippi, is the first kids’ film to be produced by Karan. It is set to release on May 10. And to promote it, none other than Arjun Kapoor has been roped in to shoot a special teaser promo.
“Since Gippi doesn’t feature any big stars or known faces, the makers thought of roping in two or three stars to spread the word about the film. Since Arjun is popular among young audiences, he was one of the first choices for the task,” says an insider.
Apparently, Arjun took out time from the schedules of 2 States and Gunday especially for the shoot. While the Ishaqzaade (2011) actor couldn’t be reached for a comment, Sonam confirms the news, saying, “Yes, Arjun has shot a promo for us. Karan wanted him to back the film. Since Gippi is about an overweight kid who doesn’t like to go on diets, Arjun’s name came up as a natural choice because he also used to be plump when he was young and hated dieting.”
Apparently, Arjun will be seen hogging loads of unhealthy food in the special promo.
“We thought we would tap into his personality because he loves to eat and doesn’t like to adhere to diets. So when we asked him what he would eat, he ordered burgers, cupcakes and pizzas — basically unhealthy, but really tasty food,” says Sonam, about the concept of the special promo.
What is gippi?
Directed by Sonam Nair, Gippi is the story of an overweight 13-year-old girl, who hates the idea of dieting. The makers apparently undertook extensive auditions to find Delhi-based 13-year-old Riya Vij for the title role in the film. It has been shot in Mumbai and Shimla.