Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar will be paired with Nargis Fakhri in 'Shaukeen' RemakeFacebook

Bollywood  superstar Akshay Kumar is set to act in the remake of 1982 comedy, "'Shaukeen" for which he has roped in Nargis Fakhri, last seen in "Rockstar".

The Khiladi will be seen reprising Mithun Chakraborty's role in the eighties comedy opposite Nargis who will take on Rati Agnihotri's part.

"We will have Akshay Kumar and Nargis Fakhri in the film. We have just bought the rights of the film but have changed a lot of things to suit the sensibilities of today's audience. Nargis is talented, hence we cast her. Akshay is a brilliant actor and is good at entertaining people," director Rumi Jaffrey told Press Trust of India.

Nargis, who was initially signed by the action star for a three-film deal, was supposed to be seen in "Khiladi 786" but was replaced by Asin Thottumkal at the last moment.

However, Akshay, the gentleman that he is, kept his word and brought her onboard for the classic comedy remake.

According to sources, the original characters have been rewritten to keep in tandem with the present taste of the audience and the process of finalising actors dates is being done.

"Shaukeen" originally had Ashok Kumar, Utpal Dutt and AK Hangal vying for young Rati Agnihotri's attention. The roles will be taken over by Annu Kapoor, Paresh Rawal and Anupam Kher as the three old men.

Directed by Rumi Jaffrey of "God Tussi Great Ho" fame, the film is expected to go on floors later this year. It will be shot in the beautiful locales of Thailand whereas the original was shot in Goa.

Meanwhile, Akshay, who is presently busy promoting "Once Upon a Time in Mumbai 2", is reportedly delighted with his anti-hero character in the film.

"I have enjoyed doing this role. I am thankful to my director Milan Luthria to give me something great, as I never got the chance to perform a role like this. To play a villain is a good thing. There is a different charm on your face," said the "Rowdy Rathore" actor.

"I loved playing the larger than life villain's character. You get to play such characters rarely so you should not let go this opportunity."