Earlier, it was being reported that Ranveer Singh was being considered to play the male lead in the Hindi remake of Telugu blockbuster, Arjun Reddy. But the latest we hear that the Bajirao Mastani actor has been replaced by Shahid Kapoor.

A web portal quotes a source saying, “Director Sandeep Vanga was on board for the Hindi version of the film, since he owns the copyrights of all the remakes. For reasons best known to him, he wanted Ranveer Singh to play Arjun Reddy. But after Padmavati, Ranveer is voluntarily off-limits for dark characters. So, Sandeep then went to Ranveer’s Padmavati co-star Shahid Kapoor for whom the role of the doped, drugged, drunken doctor Devdas would be an antithetical change after the noble royalty in Padmavati.”

Directed by debutant Sandeep Reddy Vanga, Arjun Reddy was headlined by Vijay Deverakonda. Made on a shoestring budget of INR 4 crores, the film went on to mint INR 51 crores at the box office, becoming one of the most profitable Telugu films of 2017. Vijay’s performance is the film was liked by one and all.

Meanwhile, Ranveer Singh will be seen in the Hindi remake of another Telugu film called Temper. Titled Simmba in Hindi, the project is being helmed by Rohit Shetty.