Akshay has been roped in to reprise noted actor Mithun Chakraborty's role from Basu Chatterjee's 1982 comedy 'Shaukeen'. 'Rockstar' actress Nargis will play the part essayed by Rati Agnihotri in the yesteryear hit.
In the original film, Mithun played the role of Rati's boyfriend. The remake will be directed by Rumi Jaffrey of 'God Tussi Great Go' fame. "We will have Akshay and Nargis in the film. We have just bought the rights of the film but have changed a lot of things to suit the sensibilities of today's audience. Nargis is talented, hence we cast her. Akshay is a brilliant actor and is good at entertaining people," Rumi said in an interview.
The characters of Akshay and Nargis have been rewritten for the remake version. The makers are in the process of finalising the dates of the actors. With this film, Akshay is finally working with Nargis, after she apparently missed out on sharing screen space with him in 'Khiladi 786' last year.
In the original movie actors - Ashok Kumar, Utpal Dutt and AK Hangal were shown as attracted to the much-younger Rati Agnihotri in 'Shaukeen'. Now, Annu Kapoor, Paresh Rawal and Anupam Kher have been cast as the three old men. The shooting of the film, reportedly to be based in Thailand, is expected to begin from later this year. Writer-director Rumi will also remake Chatterjee's another film 'Lakhon Ki Baat', after completing the 'Shaukeen' remake.