After last year’s reports of actors Sushant Singh Rajput and Kartik Aaryan being considered for Aankhen 2, the recent buzz in Tinseltown suggested that actor Saif Ali Khan had been approached to play the second lead in the movie. While Amitabh Bachchan is said to lead the cast in the sequel, the rumour mills suggested that director Anees Bazmee has finalised Saif for the film after waiting to collaborate for years.
In an interview with BollywoodLife, Anees revealed, “We are in talks with a lot of actors. Since I am not in Mumbai, I don’t what is the situation like. Yes, a lot of actors are adjusting their dates for the film. Once the producers confirm the actors, I will let everyone know. As of now, I cannot confirm. But yes, Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) is the one confirmed to be a part of Aankhen 2. We will announce the entire star cast in the next 2-3 months.”
The cast of Aankhen 2 was announced in 2016 and included Big B, Anil Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Arshad Warsi, Ileana D’cruz and Regina Cassandra. Regina was to make her Bollywood debut with his one.
A source had told DNA earlier about Anees and Saif’s collaboration which had fuelled the rumours. DNA quoted the source saying, “Both of them had been planning to collaborate for a few years. The filmmaker was looking to cast someone for the second male lead and approached Saif with the script. The Nawab of Pataudi will essay a role similar to what Akshay Kumar had portrayed in the first part. Saif has been a part of successful thrillers such as the Race franchise. So, he jumped at this offer.”
Reportedly, Arjun Rampal will reprise his role of a blind man in Aankhen 2 and the actor has already started training for the movie. The actor had told the media earlier that second part of the film will be bigger and better.