Manoj Pahwa and Rajat Kapoor swapped roles for MULK

Actors Manoj Pahwa and Rajat Kapoor swapped one anothers roles for Anubhav Sinha's courtroom drama MULK.

While Rajat was to initially essay Rishi Kapoor's younger brother in the film, Manoj was to play a tough police officer.

Anubhav Sinha said in a statement: "I always wanted Manoj Pahwa and Rajat Kapoor in the primary cast for MULK. While I had envisaged a different role for both of them in the film, it was only when they came in together on sets after the recce did I realise that they were both meant to play different roles.

"They were both pretty quick in adapting to a new role."

The teaser of the film shows Rishi Kapoor playing a character called Murad Ali Mohammed, accused of treason while Taapsee Pannu plays his defence lawyer Aarti Mohammed.

Rishi Kapoor praised his co-star Rajat Kapoor on his micro-blogging site, "Though we have worked in just two films, a lovely co actor and poker player, Rajat Kapoor. The only irritant about him is he is a teetotaller, unlike me, and doesn't carry a mobile. An under-used actor waiting to burst. Go man go,"

 Rajat Kapoor and Manoj Pahwa
Rajat Kapoor and Manoj Pahwa

Produced by Sinha and Deepak Mukut, presented by Kamal Mukut and Soham Rockstar Entertainment, a Benaras Media Works production, MULK also features Prateik Babbar, Ashutosh Rana and Neena Gupta and is set to release on August 3, 2018.