Akshay Kumar
Arshad Warsi to be replaced with either Akshay Kumar or Saif Ali Khan in the film? Picured: Akshay Kumar poses for a portrait during a photocall for his forthcoming film "Thank You", at a hotel in central London March 25, 2011.Reuters

The sequel of National Award-winning "Jolly LLB" is in the offing, but it will not feature Arshad Warsi. The makers are mulling over casting either Akshay Kumar or Saif Ali Khan.

"The first part got rave reviews from critics and audience alike and the makers are keen that the second part is bigger and better. Therefore, they are contemplating between approaching Akshay and Saif to essay the lead role," a source told Mid-Day.

Another source in the know confirmed the news, saying that the casting is underway. "The script of the sequel is locked and casting is underway. Once things are finalised an official announcement will be made," the insider added.

However, Arshad and director Subhash Kapoor remained unavailable for comment.

It's not the central cast that is being altered, last year a Bollywood Hungama report stated that Boman Irani, who played the role of an opposing lawyer, was being replaced with Paresh Rawal. Apparently, it's a conscious decision. Since the instalment will have a new premise, the director was of the opinion that the lawyers should be different too.

In other news, Akshay has wrapped up "Rustom," in which he plays a "decorated" naval officer. Loosely based on the infamous Nanavati case of 1959, the film releases on Aug. 12 and it may clash with Hrithik Roshan's "Mohenjo Daro."

Meanwhile, Saif is busy with "Rangoon," which also stars Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut. Scheduled for a Sept. 30 release, the Vishal Bhardwaj directorial is set in the World War II era and its love story is "Casablanca"-inspired.

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