Nikhil Advani's next, 'Bazaar', has long been in news due to casting issues. Last month, hitlist had reported about the project being put on the backburner apparently since Hrithik Roshan, the original lead hero choice, remained non-committal about it (Read more). While the director has denied offering the film to Hrithik, sources suggest that Akshay Kumar has now been approached for the film.
Hrithik Roshan (left) and Akshay Kumar (right)
A source says, "Hrithik heard the script, but couldn't sign it because he is busy with other projects. Nikhil recently approached Akshay and feels he can do justice to the role. He is working with the actor in his next production, 'Airlift', and they share a comfort level. So, Akshay might just take it up."
At the moment, the star has three films in his kitty — 'Airlift', 'Namaste England' and 'Rustom'. Nikhil and Akshay remained unavailable for comment, but a source close to the project says, "The director's last two films ('Hero' and 'Katti Batti') did not do well at the box office and when Hrithik decided against signing 'Bazaar', it was a setback for him. He had decided to focus on 'Airlift' until January, but now he is keen to revive the project by signing Akshay."
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