Then came the stories of Malhotra opting out as Rohit Shetty wished to keep the colour khaki exclusive to Shetty’s cop universe.
Here is the real story from someone very close to the project. “When it was decided that Akshay Kumar who did the first
film would not be a part of the sequel, several names were considered. Malhotra’s name came up because the project’s co-producer Shabina Khan is very close to Kiara Advani. Nothing was finalized.
Unhone khud yeh baat ka elaan kiya aur khud mukarr bhi gaye(t
hey decided he was doing it and then they denied).”
At things stand , only the director for
2 is decided. He is Anees Bazmee. And he won’t be writing the film. Prabhudheva who directed Rowdy Rathore , has moved back to the South for now and wants no truck with Bollywood.