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Know why Farhan Akhtar chose not to do Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’

Farhan Akthar

Mumbai: Actor Farhan Akhtar says he chose to opt out of Shah Rukh Khan’s forthcoming ‘Raees’ as he did not want to play a police officer again.

The 41-year-old ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ star will be seen as an ATS officer in Bejoy Nambiar’s ‘Wazir’, which also stars Amitabh Bachchan.

When asked if playing the role of a cop again was the reason why he did not do ‘Raees’, Farhan said, “Yes, absolutely right. Raees was supposed to happen at a very different time. It was not about not wanting to play a police officer in it, it was about not wanting to do it immediately. So it would’ve been the next thing I would have shot for (after Wazir),” he told reporters.

The actor was speaking at the trailer launch of ‘Wazir’.

Farhan, who is co-producing ‘Raees’ through his banner Excel Entertainment, said he was a bit “uncomfortable” to play a similar character but is happy actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is doing the part now.

“I was a bit uncomfortable with that. The two are completely different projects but more or less you’re playing the same kind of character. The foundation is the same so I didn’t want to do it. But it’s fantastic because we have Nawazuddin who is playing that character, he is a fantastic actor.”

Farhan also said that currently he has no plans to make ‘Don 3’.

“No plans yet. I’ve always maintained I have enjoyed writing that character.. He is a very exciting character to write for and I had a tremendous time working with Shah Rukh. Hopefully something will come along. But I really don’t have a plan.”

The actor, however, did not divulge any details regarding the cast.

“I don’t have a script so its very difficult for me to tell you who will be in it. Don will definitely be in it. Apart from that it depends on what characters are there in the film.”

PTI