Imran Khan to replace Shahid Kapoor?

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Imran Khan may replace Shahid Kapoor, who is yet to say yes to the role of Chhota Rajan in the sequel to Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai.

If sources are to be believed, then Kareena Kapoor is the reason behind this. The actress, who is working with Imran Khan on the film Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, has recommended her co-star to Ekta Kapoor for the role.

A source told the media, “Kareena feels that Imran would bring novelty to the character inspired by Rajan. More so because he has played strong romantic roles in most of his films.”

The source went on to give another reason for the recommendation saying, “Also Kareena is enthused about how well she gets along with the co-actor. That’s also one reason why she’s so strongly recommending Imran’s name for this movie.”

Director of the upcoming sequel, Milan Luthria, is currently ‘focused on finishing the last schedule for The Dirty Picture,’ so the recommendation is yet to be discussed.

When asked about the news, Tanuj Garg, CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures, told the media, “It’s still too early to talk about the parallel male lead. When things are finalised, we’ll make a formal announcement.”

Akshay Kumar is set to star opposite Kareena Kapoor in Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai 2. Filming for the movie is set to start in January 2012.

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