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Ac­tor Ak­shay Oberoi, (above) who has starred in films such as Fi­toor (2016) and Piku (2015) has dis­missed re­ports about turn­ing down a role op­po­site ac­tor Aish­warya Rai Bachchan in di­rec­tor Rakeysh Om­prakash Mehra’s next film ti­tled Fanney Khan.

Ru­mours sug­gested that since Ak­shay is the cousin of ac­tor Vivek Oberoi, who had been in a re­la­tion­ship with Aish­warya in 2003, this could be the rea­son why Ak­shay didn’t want to star in the film. How­ever, Ak­shay has now is­sued an of­fi­cial state­ment clear­ing the air.

“Who in their right mind would ever de­cline a Rakeysh Om­prakash Mehra – Aish­warya Rai Bachchan film? It would have been my hon­our to work with Aish­warya and Rakeysh sir,” said Ak­shay. “Yes, I had au­di­tioned for the film and even got short­listed but un­for­tu­nately I wasn’t the one who was fi­nalised for the role and these things hap­pen. I would have loved to be the one to re­ceive that fi­nal call from the pro­duc­ers but may be next time,” he added.

Ak­shay stars in the just re­leased noir thriller film Gurgaon, co-star­ring ac­tors Ragini Khanna and Pankaj Tri­pathi.

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