Akshay Oberoi denies turning down Fanney Khan opposite Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Akshay Oberoi has issued an official statement, refuting rumours that he refused to star opposite actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan because she had been in a relationship with his cousin, actor Vivek Oberoi in 2003.

bollywood Updated: Aug 09, 2017 12:36 IST
Rishabh Suri
Rishabh Suri
Hindustan Times
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Actor Akshay Oberoi stars in the just released film Gurgaon

Actor Akshay Oberoi, who has starred in films such as Fitoor (2016) and Piku (2015) has denied reports about turning down a role opposite actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s next film titled Fanney Khan.

Rumours suggested that since Akshay is the cousin of actor Vivek Oberoi, who had been in a relationship with Aishwarya in 2003, this could be the reason why Akshay didn’t want to star in the film, which has actor Anil Kapoor in the lead role. However, Akshay has now issued an official statement clearing the air-

The 32-year-old actor says in the statement: “Who in their right mind would ever decline a Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan film? It would have been my honor to work with Aishwarya and Rakeysh sir. Yes, I had auditioned for the film and even got shortlisted but unfortunately I wasn’t the one who was finalised for the role and these things happen. I would have loved to be the one to receive that final call from the producers but may be next time.”

Akshay stars in the just released noir thriller film Gurgaon, co-starring actors Ragini Khanna and Pankaj Tripathi.

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First Published: Aug 09, 2017 12:36 IST