Sushant Singh Rajput, who was supposed to be the leading man in the film titled RAW – Romeo, Akbar, Walter; confirmed a couple of months back that he is no more a part of the film. Having his kitty full with films like Kedarnath and Drive, Sushant Singh Rajput could not commit to RAW. But the makers of RAW seem to have moved on, as they have found a new leading male in Abhishek Bachchan.

As per fresh reports in DNA, Abhishek Bachchan has been approached to play the lead in the film. Talking about it, a source stated to the daily, “The film will now have Abhishek Bachchan playing the lead role. It’s based on true events. The director and producers feel Abhishek is perfect for the slick action-thriller.” The source further said, “Vanessa Walia, Bunty Walia’s wife, is one of the producers of the film. Bunty and Abhishek have known each other for years and are close family friends. So, when he liked the script, he okayed the film immediately.”

Recently in an interview with the daily, SSR seemed to take a dig at the news of Abhishek filling his shoes. “Us outsiders are upping our game, and now (good work) is out there for everyone to see. As a result, insiders have to up their game too,” he says.

Meanwhile, given the action sequences, Abhishek will require getting into shape for this particular role. “He has to maintain a particular physique to pull off the combative action scenes. Along with that, there are a lot of chase sequences — very stylised and high octane,” added the source.

A source close to the actor also suggested that Abhishek walked out of Paltan for Raw, “He never signed the film, they don’t even have proof. He just verbally offered Abhishek the film and he asked for a script narration, which never happened because Dutta is old-fashioned and doesn’t have a proper script per se. That’s when he decided to do RAW over Paltan.”