Akshay to play clean-shaven Sikh in Patiala House

Mumbai: Having come under attack from Sikh groups for incorrect portrayal of his character belonging to the community in `Singh is Kinng`, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar is not taking any chances with `Patiala House`, his next release.

The actor will be seen as a clean-shaven Sikh in the film, which releases on February 11. Sources close to the actor said that after the harrowing experience of Vipul Shah`s `Singh is Kinng`, Akshay wants to take no chances at all.

During `Singh is Kinng`, many Sikh groups had staged protests against the actor, for incorrectly portraying a Sikh. "This time around to avoid any such, undue conflict, Akshay requested director Nikhil Advani to change the script, and show his character as a clean shaven Sikh," the sources said.

The script originally had Akshay`s character with beard and turban. However Akshay explained his predicament to Nikhil. Nikhil understood Akshay`s situation and readily agreed, they said.