It's very rare in Bollywood that actors recommend other actors for roles, even rarer, when the actor has a son who is also in Bollywood.
Rishi Kapoor confirmed that he recommended Imran for a role and
was quoted as saying,
"I did recommend Imran's name for Wedding Pullav. At
that time, my good friend Rahul Rawail was supposed to be directing
the film (Binod Pradhan is helming it now) and he had asked me to
do a role in the film. It wasn't a big role, but I agreed to do it.
I asked about the film's male lead, they told me they were still
casting and I suggested Imran for it as he's like my own son. Even
Ranbir and Imran are good friends. I have worked with Nasir Hussain
in his films and Mansoor and Nuzhat... they are all like my family.
Also, I wanted to work with Imran so I suggested his name."
When Imran Khan was contacted for an answer, he was quoted as saying,
"I think they contacted my manager Reshma Shetty, but the dates they wanted were overlapping with Katti Batti; so, the conversation never got off the ground or even reached me. This is the first I'm hearing about Rishi Kapoor's involvement, or his displeasure. Considering it was over a year ago, I think he would have said something, particularly since he dropped by our set at RK Studio."
However, Rishi Kapoor denies that he is upset with Imran Khan,
"Imran didn't even hear the script, he said he was sorry and he
couldn't do it. Maybe Imran was contractually bound or because his
film was bigger than ours. But it's an actor's prerogative to
accept or refuse a film, so why should I be upset?"
Rishi Kapoor recommended Imran Khan for Wedding Pullav and Imran
rejected the offer saying if the movie is good, why didn't he
recommend his own son Ranbir Kapoor for it?
It's very rare in Bollywood that actors recommend other actors
for roles, even rarer, when the actor has a son who is also in
Imran Khan and Ranbir Kapoor are very good friends since their
Imran Khan and Ranbir Kapoor host the Filmfare Award show and
entertained the crowd with their funny antics.
Imran Khan and Ranbir Kapoor doing Tamasha on stage at the
Rishi Kapoor confirmed that he recommended Imran Khan for a role
and not Ranbir Kapoor.
Ranbir Kapoor has a strained relationship with his father Rishi
Rishi Kapoor has never agreed on anything with his son Ranbir
No Fear, Peace Is Here
Rishi Kapoor denies that he is upset with Imran Khan for
rejecting the role that he recommended for Wedding Pullav.