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Here is why Wazir made Farhan Akhtar opt out of Shah Rukh Khan's Raees

Himesh Mankad | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 9:25 IST

Farhan Akhtar, who is co-producing Shah Rukh Khan's upcoming thriller Raees, was also going to act in the film which stars King Khan as a bootlegger.

Akhtar, who had initially signed the film, was supposed to play the character of a cop who would be chasing Shah Rukh Khan. However, the actor who will be seen playing a cop in Amitabh Bachchan's Wazir, later on decided to opt out of the film as he did not want to repeat his cop act.

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Farhan Akhtar's loss was Nawazuddin Siddiqui's gain. After working with Aamir Khan in Talaash and Salman Khan in Kick and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, the actor is all set to chase Shah Rukh Khan in Raees.

At the Wazir trailer launch event, speaking about the reason he opted out of Raees, Farhan said,

"I had to opt out of Shah Rukh Khan's Raees because of Wazir. It is not that I don't like to repeat myself, but if I would have done Raees, it would have been right next after Wazir and I was a bit apprehensive to repeat myself in such quick succession. Now we have Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a cop in Raees and he is a great actor."

When the director was asked to speak about one of India's most iconic character, Don, and the future of the franchise, the director turned actor said,

"I enjoyed that character tremendously. He is a very exciting character to write. Also, I had a tremendous time working with Shah Rukh Khan. So hopefully something will come along but I don't have a plan yet."

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Wazir releases on 8 January 2015.

First published: 19 November 2015, 1:41 IST
Himesh Mankad @himeshmankad

Himesh Mankad is an entertainment journalist who has a B.Com degree from Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai. He prefers covering Bollywood and loves good stories and music. When not watching movies, he can be found on a cricket field strutting his stuff.