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Akshay to play clean-shaven Sikh in Patiala House

PTI  Mumbai, January 05, 2011
First Published: 16:13 IST(5/1/2011) | Last Updated: 17:27 IST(5/1/2011)

Having come under attack from Sikh groups for incorrect portrayal of his character belonging to the community in Singh is Kinng, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar is not taking any chances with Patiala House, his next release.

The actor will be seen as a clean-shaven Sikh in the film, which releases on February 11.

Sources close to the actor said that after the harrowing experience of Vipul Shah's Singh is Kinng, Akshay wants to take no chances at all.

During Singh is Kinng, many Sikh groups had staged protests against the actor, for incorrectly portraying a Sikh.

"This time around to avoid any such, undue conflict, Akshay requested director Nikhil Advani to change the script, and show his character as a clean shaven Sikh," the sources said.

The script originally had Akshay's character with beard and turban. However Akshay explained his predicament to Nikhil. Nikhil understood Akshay's situation and readily agreed, they said.

"According to the change done, Akshay's character's parents get so distressed during riots that as a protection his hair and beard are shaved off," they added.

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