After Sairat‘s stupendous success, it was almost every actor’s dream to work with the film’s director, Nagraj Manjule. Perhaps that’s why it didn’t come as a surprise when Amitabh Bachchan was approached for Manjule’s Bollywood debut and the veteran actor agreed. The talented director will be making his debut in the Hindi film industry with a film titled Jhund. Bachchan was to play a retired sports teacher who starts a slum soccer movement. However, it’s now in the past as reports suggest that the 75-year-old actor has walked out of the project. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut Compares Herself to Amitabh Bachchan, Targets Taapsee Pannu Once Again

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Mirror quoted a source close to the development as saying, “Mr Bachchan had committed himself to the film last year, but the shooting kept getting delayed without any clarity. As he had to give those dates to other filmmakers and was unable to wait any longer, he has decided to opt out.” The source added that there were other issues as well, which even included copyright ones. Sr Bachchan has thus returned the signing amount to the makers, the source revealed. Also Read - PIL in Delhi HC to Remove Caller Tune on COVID Awareness in Amitabh Bachchan's Voice

Manjule has in the past gone on record to say that he has always been a big Bachchan fan and has even admitted to have grown up copying the actor in every way possible –his speech, mannerisms, clothes and the like. He would often go to school with his shirt tails tied just the way Big B did in Yash Chopra’s hit film Deewar (1975). When the news of him making his Bollywood debut first came out, Manjule had gone on record to say that his film will deal with issues of drug abuse, and crime and will showcase how sports can help change kids for the better. He had said, “I started working on the script after Sairat was wrapped up. Even though it is based on a real-life character, the way I’ve written the part and the film, it moves far away from the source.” Well, with Bachchan opting out of the film, Manjule must certainly be very unhappy. Don’t you think? The makers will now have to look for another actor to play the part. Also Read - Rhea Chakraborty To 'Bounce Back' On Silver Screen With Amitabh Bachchan, Emraan Hashmi Starrer Chehre