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Farhan Akhtar not to star in Raees

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Post the success of his Rohit Shetty-directorial last year, there was a lot of buzz surrounding Shah Rukh Khan’s next project.

Then came the news that the star has signed a film with Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s production house, which was to be directed by Rahul Dholakia. The film, Raees, had two lead actors, the second one being Farhan himself. However, since this news came out, the rumours have only flown thick and fast with more names such as Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sonam Kapoor and Katrina Kaif being thrown into the mix.

Now, a source from Farhan’s production house reveals, "When the script was in the initial stages, Farhan had shown an interest in acting in the film. However, as talks progressed, he didn’t seem as keen as he was earlier, and he decided to back out before things went further. There was no question of him being signed up for the part."

When asked about the same, Farhan doesn’t give out too many details, only saying, "The film has had its share of rumours — from me being part of it and being thrown out to being replaced. I don’t want to confuse people more about the film. But, very soon, we will announce the star cast."

Dholakia’s film Raees is a crime thriller, where SRK plays a bootlegger. The second lead is of a cop and the actor hasn’t been finalised yet. The film was supposed to go on the floors in mid-2014.