Randeep replaces Saif!

By HT

Mumbai, July 23 -- Saif Ali Khan and producer Kumar Mangat had first joined hands for Omkara (2006) and the two are now working together on another film, titled Naram Garam, which is a remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's yesteryear film.

Besides this project, the producer was also in talks with Saif for another film, Bad, which is being directed by Prawaal Raman. But, since things didn't work out, Prawaal asked Pooja Bhatt to back his film and roped in Randeep Hooda for the lead role.

"When Prawaal first approached Kumar Mangat for the film, the producer showed interest in casting Saif as the lead actor. He suggested Saif would be ideal for the role. In fact, he had also finalised him for the role. But, Prawaal always wanted Randeep in the film. So he did not go ahead with the collaboration with Mangat," says a source close to the film.

Prawaal, however, considers it as a professional call and holds no grudges against the producer. "You always plan a film and then have some producer to back it. It was almost two year ago that we were planning Bad together. Mangat is a wonderful man," he says.

He goes on to praise the current producer of the film, saying "It is a privilege to be associated with Pooja. She is one of the best producers to work with."

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