JP Dutta’s ‘Paltan’ has been in the news for a while now. More than the war based plot of the film, it has been in the news for who will grab the main role. For those who are uninitiated, Abhishek Bachchan was roped in to play the role of a soldier in the film. However, he reportedly backed out of the film just a day before leaving for the shoot in Ladakh. The makers were perplexed and left with no option other than searching for a suitable actor for the role. As per the reports in DNA, the search ended at ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’ fame Harshvardhan Rane. This will be the second Bollywood film of the handsome hunk.

As per the reports in the daily, a source revealed, “Rane, more or less, has the same built as Abhishek, so he suited the role as far as physicality was concerned. His look tests as a soldier got a big thumbs up. It worked out well, as he too was on the lookout for a good performance-oriented role.” Also, he is reportedly already on the location and hence could not be reached for his comments. (ALSO READ: Shocking! Abhishek Bachchan Walks Out Of JP Dutta’s War Film Paltan At The Last Minute)

Regarding Abhishek Bachchan’s sudden exit, director’s daughter Nidhi said in a statement, “Abhishek Bachchan is no longer part of Paltan for personal reasons best known to him. It has come as a shock to us as this happened less than 24 hours before our unit left to shoot in Ladakh. But we also believe that; especially in the movies we make, it’s the soldiers sitting up there that choose who will play them and recreate their lives on screen.” The film also stars Suniel Shetty, Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood, Gurmeet Chaudhary, Jimmy Sheirgill, Jackie Shroff, Luv Sinha, Pulkit Samrat and Siddhanth Kapoor. Harshvardhan Rane already won hearts through his first film and we hope he makes the best of this precious role in ‘Paltan’.