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I had no qualms playing Sher Khan in Zanjeer remake: Sonu

PTI  Mumbai, May 02, 2012
First Published: 15:43 IST(2/5/2012) | Last Updated: 19:44 IST(2/5/2012)
Actor Sonu Sood, whose name was earlier in the race for the iconic role of Sher Khan, played by Pran in Zanjeer, said he had no qualms playing that character in the remake version.
 
Actor Pran had given a memorable performance with his role as Sher Khan, sporting a typical Pathan's look with long hair and kohl, in Prakash Mehra's 1973-hit film Zanjeer.
 
Even though Sonu's name was earlier being considered for the character of Sher Khan in the remake version, the role ultimately went to actor Arjun Rampal.
 
When asked if he would miss playing the role of Sher Khan in the Zanjeer remake, Sonu says, "No I am not missing doing the role. Apoorva (director) is a great friend. I know Arjun will do a good job. I feel it is all in the destiny... whichever character is written for an actor, he gets to do that. The script is great... so it does not matter whether Arjun does the role or me. As far as the film is good, it should not be a problem!"
 
"I am sure they will make a good film. I am looking forward to the film. I have always enjoyed watching Zanjeer," he said.
 
The remake will be directed by Apoorva Lakhia and stars Priyanka Chopra, Ram Charan Teja, Arjun Rampal, Prakash Raj and Mahi Gill.
 
However, in Sanjay Gupta's upcoming film Shootout at Wadala, Sonu is set to play the character of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
 
"In this film, we are showing how Dawood was in the 70s. We do not have much references of that period. Since it's a film, we are taking some liberties," he said.
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