Shraddha Kapoor replaces Nargis in ‘Shaukeen’ remake

The ‘Aashiqui 2’ star Shraddha Kapoor will play the central character in‘Shaukeen’ remake. She has replaced Nargis Fakhri who was at first finalized for the film. After Nargis walked out, Shraddha was signed. Shraddha will play the role of veteran actor Rati Agnohotri.

Basu Chatterjee's 'Shaukeen' revolved around three old men - Ashok Kumar, Utpal Dutt and AK Hangal - who try their level best to woo young dancer - Rati Agnihotri. In the original, Mithun Chakraborty played the role of Rati's boyfriend.

In the remake, Annu Kapoor, Paresh Rawal and Anupam Kher will be reprising the roles of the three old men while Akshay Kumar will enact the role of Mithun Chakraborty. "Talks are on with Shraddha but nothing is finalised," sources told PTI.

Abhishek Sharma of 'Tere Bin Laden' will direct the film. The film will go on floor in April. Apparently, Nargis Fakhri walked out of the film after she was being approached for a Hollywood film. She chooses Hollywood over Bollywood.

She even asked the makers to change the film schedule but they are not ready to make the last minute changes. "I was very excited about 'Shaukeen' and we had been preparing for a while now. There was another opportunity in the pipeline and we tried to work out the dates so that I could be a part of both but the dates were clashing. I couldn't have asked the team to wait for me, so it's heartbreaking but I had to let the film go," Nargis said.

"I was really excited to work with the team of 'Shaukeen' and Abhishek Sharma, who is a terrific director. A bond with the film and team members of 'Shaukeen' remains and I wish them all the best," she said. PTI

Confirming Nargis’s backing out of the film, the film producer said, "She had confirmed her dates, but then all of a sudden, she called up from London requesting us to adjust our schedule so that she could accommodate a Hollywood film which required her dates between April 20 and 27. We obliged, but two days later, she told us that she would need another three-four days as the schedule of that film has got stretched," said Murad Khetani, the co-producer of Shaukeen.