Rowdy Akshay Kumar turns Gabbar for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next!

The Khiladi Kumar will romance Ileana D’Cruz in this Hindi remake of the hit Tamil film, Ramana

Akshay Kumar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s association fetched them Rs 100 crore film – Rowdy Rathore last year. Considering the film’s humongous success, the actor-producer duo have decided to join hands for what is touted as another Rs 100 crore blockbuster in the making.

Titled Gabbar, with Akshay in the lead, the film highlights the fight against corruption, and will mark South director Krish’s (of Gamyam – 2008 and Vedam – 2010 fame) Bollywood debut. The movie’s title will certainly make you think about Bollywood’s iconic villain from Sholay played by Amjad Khan, but Akki’s role bears no resemblance to the baddie.

We hear the official rights of the film have already been acquired and the makers will soon announce the leading lady. For now, rumours suggest that it will be an unlikely pairing and something the audiences are going to be excited about. Grapevine has it that Ileana D’Cruz will set the screen ablaze with Akki. But remember, during Himmatwala promotions, Tamannaah Bhatia had proudly declared of doing a film with Akshay? Wonder which film was Ms Bhatia referring to! The original Tamil version Ramana starring Vijaykanth and Simran was about a man who decides to abolish corruption with the help of his students who grow up to work in government offices.

The film is expected to go on floors this year and will be co-produced by Bhansali’s close friend Shabina Khan, who co-produced Rowdy Rathore as well. Do you think Akshay will live up to the movie’s title?