In February, reports were doing the rounds that filmmaker, Abhinay Deo has confirmed working on Aankhen 2 with Amitabh Bachchan, Sidharth Malhotra and Akshaye Khanna. Taking the story further from the 2002 hit film, where Mr Bachchan played the role of a mastermind who upskills three blind men to rob a bank, the film’s sequel was touted to be set in a casino. But, recent reports suggest that Big B and Sidharth have opted out of the film.

We have exclusively learned that the makers didn’t have the rights to the film for the sequel. Hence, they now have to rethink the title of the film. And amidst the uncertainty surrounding the film owing to the title, the two actors have graciously bowed out of the film. We further got to know that now, the makers have reached out to Anil Kapoor and Rana Daggubati for the roles. Our source also confirmed that the film will still be seeing Akshaye Khanna in a negative role.

For the unversed, Aankhen (2002) was directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah and starred Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal and Sushmita Sen among others.

Now, I sure want to know who will be starring in this franchise. Watch this space for more updates on this.