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Remember how we told you that Abhishek Bachchan has walked out of JP Dutta’s upcoming war drama Paltan, leaving the project hanging. The actor chose to quit the project just 24 hours before the unit had to leave for Ladakh to shoot for its first schedule. This obviously left the director hunting for another actor who could replace Junior Bachchan in the film. Now it seems that finally the hunt has ended and the makers found their man and it will be Sanam Teri Kasam actor Harshvardhan Rane who will step into Abhishek Bachchan’s shoes.

A source working closely with the film told Bollywood Hungama and said, “Abhishek has now been replaced by Harshvardhan Rane, who already has a massive fan following despite being just a film old in Bollywood. The makers of Paltan were looking for a tall actor, who not only had great screen presence but was also physically fit. The role is as challenging as it is physically demanding and after Abhishek, Harshvardhan Rane was the perfect fit. In fact, JP Dutta was blown away by him in the very first meeting and immediately knew he had found the actor he was looking for.”

Nidhi Dutta daughter of director JP Dutta confirmed the news and while speaking to the media, said, “Yes, we have signed Harshvardhan Rane for Paltan but it’s too early to divulge anything about the movie or his role.”

Paltan will be Harshvardhan’s second Bollywood outing. The film is reportedly based on the Indo-China war of 1962 and has an ensemble cast comprising of the likes of Suniel Shetty, Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood, Pulkit Samrat, Siddhanth Kapoor, Gurmeet Chaudhary, Jimmy Sheirgill, Jackie Shroff and Luv Sinha. The film has been scheduled for a Summer 2018 release.

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