Fenil and Bollywood

Sajid Nadiadwala’s son to play the junior Akki in Housefull

Posted on: January 13, 2010

By Subhash K Jha (MID-DAY; January 8, 2010)

Subhaan Nadiadwala

It wasn’t Akshay Kumar’s son Aarav but Aarav’s best friend Subhaan who stepped in to play the young Akshay Kumar in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull. And he didn’t do it for free!

Nadiadwala wanted Akki’s son Aarav who was vacationing in London during his dad’s shooting, to play the junior Akshay. But Akshay refused saying he’d rather not expose his son to the camera at this age when Aarav is not sure if he wants to be an actor. In desperation, Sajid turned to his own son.”

Subhaan, at this stage of the casting crisis decided to act tough. He negotiated a price to step into the role of the junior Akshay.

Says Sajid with a laugh, “I think my son will turn out to be a far bigger businessman than I ever was and is the most difficult star I’ve ever worked with. Forget getting him to work for free because he’s my son he won’t even slash his rate for his father. He drove a really hard bargain.”

Subhaan has previously played the junior versions of Salman Khan in Nadiadwala’s Jaan-e-Mann, Shah Rukh Khan in Farah Khan’s Main Hoon Na and a cameo in Sajid Khan’s Heyy Babyy.

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