NOT Akshay & Dhanush but Salman Khan & Hrithik Roshan were the first choice for Atrangi Re alongside Sara Ali Khan

Aanand L Rai, a renowned filmmaker, is preparing to release Atrangi Re, a romantic comedy starring Akshay Kumar, Sara Ali Khan, and Dhanush. The filmmaker has described this project as “extremely close to his heart” and has kept the basic premise of the film under wraps until the film’s premiere on December 24. Salman Khan was Rai’s initial option for this project.

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“The soul of Atrangi Re, lies in the concept of desirable men and hence, the first actor that came in Rai’s mind to play the role of a desirable magician turned lover was Salman Khan. While the superstar loved the concept, things didn’t fall in place for reasons best known to the two,” a source told Bollywood Hungama.

“Again, much like Salman, Hrithik too is among the most desirable actors of Hindi cinema with an unmatched fan following among females. The two had multiple meetings, and Hrithik was on the verge of signing the film before finally letting go of it at the last moment,” the source further told.

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“Akshay is a risk-taker and was more than willing to take his big risk of exploring a part not done before in Hindi cinema. He hit the right note with Aanand L Rai right from the first day of the shoot and today, the two have become friends for life. They are all gearing up for 2 more films after Atrangi Re – Raksha Bandhan and Gorkha,” the source said.

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