Fenil and Bollywood

Farhan declines role in Rohan Sippy’s next?

Posted on: December 1, 2009

Farhan Akhtar declines an offer to star with Abhishek Bachchan in Rohan Sippy’s next

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 01, 2009)

Rohan Sippy’s film requires three leading men. While two of them, Abhishek Bachchan and Pratik Babbar, have been finalised there is another crucial third character, whose role is parallel to that of Abhishek.

Apparently, Abhishek and Farhan Akhtar were the first choices for the two parts and since director Rohan Sippy, Abhishek and Farhan are childhood friends, no one saw any problems in the casting.


Farhan Akhtar Abhishek Bachchan

Rohan’s film is being produced by his father Ramesh Sippy, a close family friend of Farhan’s father Javed Akhtar.

Although both Rohan Sippy and Farhan Akhtar remained unavailable for comment, a source close to the project said, “Farhan was indeed the first choice to play Abhishek’s co-star. The on-screen partnering was patterned on those Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor films that Farhan’s father once wrote. Farhan declined the offer, much to the dismay of Rohan’s team, which hadn’t thought of anyone else.”

Since the role is as important as Abhishek’s, Rohan and Abhishek have now zeroed in on John Abraham for the same role.

“The problem with Abhishek-John is   that audiences will immediately think of Dhoom where again, Abhishek played an undercover cop, as he does in Rohan’s film. Rohan’s film is not a light bantering caper like Dhoom. It’s dark and does an expose on the drug racket in Goa which ends with one of the principal politician characters being exposed as the kingpin,” said the source.


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