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Basyukta Basuprava

Hrithik Roshan is now onboard to star with Saif Ali Khan in the Hindi remake of the 2017 Tamil superhit film Vikram Vedha. This means Hrithik and Saif have to face some serious challenges to live up to the roles originally played by Vijay Sethupathi and R.Madhabvan.

The original starred R. Madhavan as righteous police officer Vikram while Vijay Sethupathi played the gangster Vedha. In the Hindi remake, Hrithik will play the gangster while Saif essays the cop.

The film draws from the ancient lore of Vikram-Betaal, where a wily gangster manages to escape every time a determined cop nabs him, by narrating a new story drawn from his own life.

According to sources, the casting has been locked in and even trade analyst Ramesh Bala tweeted on Friday: "#VikramVedha Hindi casting.. @iHrithik to do @VijaySethuOffl role.. #SaifAliKhan to do @ActorMadhavan role. Fantastic casting."

Earlier Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan was expected to play the character of Vedha. However, as per reports, Aamir recently backed out of the project, and Hrithik Roshan was roped in to play the lead.

The Bollywood remake will be directed by Pushkar-Gayathri, who also helmed the Tamil original. The film, backed by Neeraj Panday, is expected to go on floors soon.

(With IANS Inputs)

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