Force 2
John Abraham, Sonakshi Sinha and Tahir Raj Bhasin on sets of "Force 2".Twitter

The makers of upcoming movie "Force 2", starring John Abraham and Sonakshi Sinha, had planned to shoot some portions of the film in China, but the Chinese government has denied permission to the team.

The story of "Force 2" revolves around intelligence agencies of different countries, including India's primary foreign intelligence agency RAW and the ministry of state security (Chinese intelligence agency), and this sensitive storyline has been cited as the reason behind denial of shooting permission in China.

"The Chinese government refused to give us permission to shoot there due to the film's subject. We are still trying to convince them. Although, I don't think they will agree. So, we are also trying to figure out an alternate location. The sequel will be a step ahead from the first film (Force). We have shot some good action sequences in the first schedule," producer Vipul Shah said in a statement.

The statement also said that the Chinese government is apprehensive about the country's portrayal on the big screen and thus, refrained from giving its nod. Sequel to the action film "Force" (2011), the flick will also feature Tahir Raj Bhasin along with John and Sonakshi. Tahir will reportedly be seen as an antagonist. Directed by Abhinay Deo, the first schedule of the film was shot in Budapest.

Meanwhile, John will soon be seen in another action film -- "Rocky Handsome." Directed by Nishikant Kamat, "Rocky Handsome" is inspired from Korean film "The Man from Nowhere." The film also features Shruti Haasan and is slated to hit the screens on 25 March.

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