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03-12-2012, 03:32 PM #1
Imran Khan replaces Shahid Kapoor in 'OUATIM 2'
Bollywood actor Imran Khan who is riding high after a string of consecutive hits like Delhi Belly, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu has reportedly turn baddie for the sequel of the 2010 film “Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai”.
He will play a don in parallel lead with Akshay Kumar. The movie was to feature Shahid Kapoor earlier but now Imran has been finalised for it. Imran Khan will make his first foray into a franchise product with the mammoth sequel.
Akshay Kumar will play Dawood Ibrahim’s part and Imran Khan has been asked to play Chhota Rajan, Dawood’s right hand man turned arch rival in the flick. Kareena Kapoor is playing female lead in this movie.
“Talks were on with Shahid but we have decided on Imran now. Imran loved the script, and we are very gung-ho about this project. The audience will get to see a different Imran,” Girish Johar, head of acquisition and distribution, Balaji Motion Pictures, told IANS.
It is also heard that it is Kareena Kapoor who has recommended Imy’s name for the movie. According to an insider associated with the film, "Kareena feels that Imran would bring novelty to the character inspired by Rajan. More so because he has played strong romantic roles in most of his films."
Akshay is currently working out to get the rugged look required for him to play Dawood. Imran Khan too will require to work on his Chhota Rajan avatar,” added the source.
The project will be directed by Milan Luthria, who is basking in the success of “The Dirty Picture”.
The prequel - “Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai” - had Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi together on screen. Their mentor-turned-rival chemistry as Sultan Mirza and Shoaib, respectively, was appreciated.
Producers are hoping that the Akshay-Imran pairing works wonders for the sequel too.