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Shraddha Kapoor to replace Nargis Fakhri for Shaukeen remake

PTI   March 14, 2014
First Published: 19:17 IST(14/3/2014) | Last Updated: 19:21 IST(14/3/2014)

Bollywood actor Shraddha Kapoor is likely to step in the shoes of noted actor Rati Agnihotri for the upcoming remake of Basu Chatterjee’s 1982 hit film, Shaukeen.

For the remake, the ­makers are looking for a new leading lady after actor Nargis Fakhri walked out citing date issues.

The makers are in talks with Shraddha for the role. The original film revolved around three old men — Ashok Kumar, Utpal Dutt and AK Hangal — who try to impress a young dancer, Rati Agnihotri. In the ­original film, Mithun Chakraborty played the role of Rati’s boyfriend.

Now, actors Annu Kapoor, Paresh Rawal and Anupam Kher will be reprising the roles of the three old men while Akshay Kumar will step into the shoes of Mithun Chakraborty.

“Talks are on with Shraddha, but nothing is finalised,” sources said, without divulging any ­further information.

Earlier, the film was to be directed by Rumi Jaffrey, who directed God Tussi Great Ho. Later Abhishek Sharma of Tere Bin Laden fame replaced him. The film is scheduled to go on floors in April.

Apparently, Nargis Fakhri was being approached for a Hollywood film and she was keen on doing it. She asked the ­producers of Shaukeen to change the schedule at the last minute which, it seems, was not possible for them.

“I was very excited about Shaukeen but there was another opportunity in the pipeline. We tried to work out the dates so that I could be a part of both, but the dates were clashing. I couldn’t have asked the team to wait for me, so it’s heartbreaking. I had to let the film go. I wish them all the best,” Nargis said.

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