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    Few days back we reported that Gautham Vasudev Menon the director of Ek Deewana Tha is planning to remake his Kamal Haasan starrer action thriller "Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu". For the remake he wants to rope in either .Salman or Shahrukh.

    Now the news is that Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu" star Kamal Haasan wants Shahrukh to step into his shoes for the Hindi remake of Gautham Menon's Tamil film.

    Shahrukh Khan is in a grave dilemma. He has to choose from not one but two Tamil films to be remade in Hindi. King Khan already has an offer to do AR Murugadoss' Ramanna.

    Haasan, who played the role of the cop on the lookout for a serial killer in the original movie Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, has expressed keen interest in Shahrukh reprising the role in the film's Hindi version.

    "Kamalji is extremely fond of Shahrukh. They go back a long way to the time when 12 years ago Shahrukh agreed to do Kamalji's Hey Ram free of cost. When director Gautham Menon, who understandably respects Kamalji's opinion, asked the thespian who should play his role in the Hindi remake, Kamalji promptly gave Shahrukh's name," said a source close to the project.

    Both the films offer the picky King Khan a chance to do something he hasn't done before - a south Indian remake with parts that he hasn't tried before.

    "While Murugadoss' film casts SRK as a social crusader, Menon's film casts him as a cop, a role he has played just once in Shashilal Nair's One 2 Ka 4 and that too a plain-clothed cop. SRK has never got a chance to get into khaki uniform. This, Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu will let him do," said a source.

    Menon confirmed his eagerness to cast Shahrukh and said, "I don't know where these reports of Salman Khan being an option for Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu are coming from. It's Shahrukh Khan, who is the first and only choice. Kamalji played the part in the Tamil original. So Shahrukh seems the right candidate for the part."

    There is another reason why Salman was eliminated early from the race to play the cop in Menon's film. Salman has already done the khaki bit several times over.

    "Shahrukh in khaki is a novelty. Salman has been there and done it many times. Shahrukh is our man for the part," said the source.

    Apparently, Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu will explore the same dark noire cop-killer space as Aamir Khan's Talaash.

    A source close to the project says that the only reason Shahrukh has not given a final nod to Menon's remake is because he wants to see how Talaash is received by the audiences.

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