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Saif walks out of Farhan Akhtar's film

Saif Ali Khan opts out of Farhan Akhtar's Voice from the Sky over money issues. Vajir Singh has the details.

india Updated: May 06, 2008 16:45 IST
Vajir Singh
Vajir Singh
Hindustan Times

Till some time ago, all was well between Farhan Akhtar and Saif Ali Khan. After the hit Dil Chahta Hai, both of them decided to work together after a gap of almost seven years in a new age film about the modern communication system.

However, now the news is that due to money issues, the parties have parted ways amicably.

Long wait
The project, titled Voice From The Sky, has been close to Farhan Akhtar's heart for a very long time. It is a movie set in the period when the telephone had become a new means of communication.

Akhtar started scripting the film right after the release of Dil Chahta Hai but decided to keep the project on hold.

A source close to Khan reveals that after the success Race, Saif raised his price once again and the new price was not acceptable to Akhtar.

"Saif is keen to do more commercial films rather than attempting an issue-based project," informs the source.

First choice
Apparently, Irrfan Khan was the initial choice for leading man but Akhtar realised that the project won't be viable with him in the lead. So he opted for Saif Ali Khan.

The source also informs that in the film, the lead actor doesn't have a full-fledged role and the movie is primarily the story of a little boy and people coming into his life.

Voice From The Sky has no songs and is in English and Hindi. The film also toplines Priyanka Chopra and the hunt to play the little boy is currently on.