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Hrithik's loss is Kunal's gain!

Kunal Kapoor

By HT

Mumbai, Feb. 4 -- Hrithik Roshan, who was to work in his father, Rakesh Roshan's production venture, to be directed by Abhinay Deo, has had to step away from the role because of unavailability of his dates. And now, Kunal Kapoor has been roped in to play the character in the action film.

"Hrithik and Abhinay have been friends and have been planning to work together on a film for over a year now. But Hrithik's dates are blocked with Ashutosh Gowariker for his next, which is currently being shot in Gujarat," says a source.

Hence, Rakesh and Abhinay started looking for a replacement for Hrithik and decided to approach Kunal for the movie. "Given that it is an action film, the fact that Kunal is trained in kick-boxing and Kalaripayattu, works well. Hrithik was very happy when he got to know about Kunal as both of them have been friends since childhood," adds the source.

When contacted, Rakesh confirmed the story.