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From one Khan to the other

Farhan Akhtar has dropped Irrfan Khan and chosen Saif Ali Khan to play the lead in his forthcoming period flick Voice from the Sky. Vajir Singh has the details.
Hindustan Times | By Vajir Singh, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2008 12:26 PM IST

To make his next project more commercially viable, has Farhan Akhtar dropped Irrfan Khan from Voice from the Sky.

Saif Ali Khan, who is crowing about the role now, has been the second choice.

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The period film, set around 1905, requires a pretty high budget. With Irrfan Khan as the leading man, Akhtar and his production company weren’t getting the right kind of vibes from the trade.

The shooting is expected to kick off in September this year. It is learnt that the film revolves around the communication system.

“It goes back to a time when the telephone had just emerged as the new means of communication,” a source states.

“It shows how Alexander Graham Bell’s invention changed the lives of people in India.”

The film will also feature quite a few child actors. Priyanka Chopra is expected to be signed on as the leading lady. Evidently, in such a scenario, Akhtar and his team could not see Irrfan Khan leading the cast.

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Meanwhile, the actor who delivered an internationally feted performance in The Namesake and brief ones in A Mighty Heart and Darjeeling Limited, is eager to establish himself as a leading man in the typical ‘Bollywood movie’ too.

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