As reports informed Mumbai Mirror, the role was initially made for Shahrukh Khan. Rishi, who plays a dean in the film, shares a very special relationship with Ronit Roy's character.
This would be Rishi Kapoor's most unconventional character ever. When contacted, Rishi confirmed the news, "Yes, my character is soft on Ronit in Student Of The Year. Why not? I play the dean of the college. And yes, my character is gay. It's one of the most important roles of my career at the moment. This is the time of my career when I get to experiment. I don't want to play the conventional father. Besides, I can't say no to Karan."