February 27 : Akshay Kumar, who is currently shooting for Bachchan Pandey in Jaisalmer, has opted out of Mudassar Aziz’s next. The film finally landed with Rajkummar Rao. His co-star in Stree, Shraddha Kapoor, has also been reportedly roped in for the film.
Akshay’s hands are full for the next two years. Although he attempts to complete three to four films a year, he is still forced to turn down a number of films.
Akshay had signed director Mudassar Aziz’s comedy in November 2020. The film is being produced by Jackky and Vashu Bhagnani, who are also producing his upcoming film Bell Bottom. Mudassar Aziz’s film is a whacky comedy and Akshay had instantly said yes after he heard the subject as he was trying to balance between real subjects, laugh riots, love stories, etc.
Mudassar Aziz is known for his light-hearted films like Pati Patni Aur Woh in 2019, Happy Bhag Jayegi in 2016, and Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi in 2018. Due to a clash of dates, Akshay opted out of Aziz’ film, but he collaborated once again with Jackky on Mission Lion. It will be directed by Jagan Shakti, who had also directed the 2019 superhit film, Mission Mangal.
The makers of Mudassar Aziz’s film now zeroed in on Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor. The duo was last seen in the 2018 hit film Stree and will reportedly be seen in the film’s prequel, Munjha as well. Mudassar’s next will go on the floors this year.
Meanwhile, Rajkummar Rao is currently shooting for Badhai Do with Bhumi Pednekar in Manali and is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film Roohi. Shraddha Kapoor, on the other hand, has started shooting for Luv Ranjan’s untitled film with Ranbir Kapoor.