Sonu Sood approached to play Sher Khan

Mumbai: Actor Sonu Sood has been approached again for playing the iconic role of Sher Khan in the remake of Amitabh Bachchan starrer `Zanjeer`, after Arjun Rampal could not go ahead due to date issues.

Even though Sonu`s name was earlier considered for the role, the makers went ahead and finalised Arjun Rampal. But later due to date issues when Arjun couldn`t be part of the project, the makers went to the `Dabangg` baddie again.

"Yes I have been approached for the role of Sher Khan. But nothing has been finalised yet. I have not confirmed the project on paper yet," Sonu told PTI.

Actor Pran had given a memorable performance with his role of Sher Khan sporting a typical Pathan`s look with long hair and Kohl in Prakash Mehra`s 1973 hit film `Zanjeer`.

Mehra`s son Amit is producing the remake version using the same title. The original action-thriller established Amitabh Bachchan as the `angry young man` of Bollywood.

While, for the newer version of the film Telugu actor Ram Charan will reprise the role of Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra will essay the role of Jaya Bachchan.

The shooting for the remake, which also stars Prakash Raj and Mahi Gill, began in April this year.

The remake faced quite a few hurdles in terms of copyright and royalty, as the original writers, Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar, had expressed displeasure over the new version.