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HindustanTimes Sat,12 Jul 2014

Akshay Kumar, Arjun Kapoor team up for Gutka

Prashant Singh , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 14, 2013
First Published: 12:51 IST(14/8/2013) | Last Updated: 17:15 IST(14/8/2013)

It’s well-known that Akshay Kumar and Karan Johar are teaming up to co-produce an action film, tentatively titled Gutka. But what many aren’t aware of is that it’s a two-hero film. We have learned that along with Akshay, Arjun Kapoor is a front-runner to star in the film which will be directed by Punit Malhotra.

“Karan has already met Arjun regarding the movie. He has liked the idea a lot, but since Punit is yet to finalise the final draft of the script, they haven’t been able to take things forward. Both Karan and Punit are keen to have Arjun in their venture,” says an industry insider. Since Punit is currently busy with the Kareena Kapoor-Imran Khan starrer Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, Gutka is likely to go on the floors around mid-2014.

Emraan Hashmi’s name has previously done the rounds for the same role. “But Karan and Punit strongly feel that Arjun fits the part. Akshay is also aware about Arjun being the first choice,” adds the insider. Currently, Arjun is busy shooting for 2 States with Alia Bhatt in Chennai after wrapping up Gunday with Ranveer Singh, another two-hero project.

Despite repeated attempts, Karan and Arjun remained unavailable for a comment. “At the moment, Arjun hasn’t signed any new film. The Okkadu remake that’s being produced by his father, Boney Kapoor, is the latest,” adds the insider.

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