The original film Aankhen was based on the Gujarati play Andhalo Pato and featured Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal and Paresh Rawal. However, Akshay and Arjun had remained out of Aankhen 2. Following this, John had replaced Akshay in the film but now even he has opted out.
Director Anees Bazmee had roped in John for the film and he was to play a blind man for the first time in the sequel. Amitabh Bachchan will play a negative role in the film. The film will also mark the entry of Anil Kapoor in the sequel. According to reports, Katrina Kaif was approached to play one of the heroines in the film.
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According to reports, John had to opt out of the film to catch up with his work schedule post his injury on the sets of Force 2. Another reason for John walking out of the film is that producer Gaurang Doshi found John’s price of Rs12 crore too high. The producer and director made efforts to negotiate with John but without much success. The makers are now on the lookout for another actor to replace John.
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