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JP Dutta’s ‘Paltan’ was to have Abhishek Bachchan as part of the lead cast. However, news has it that he has opted out of the film and that too just before the crew were to make their way to Ladakh for the shoot.

“Abhishek Bachchan is no longer part of Paltan for personal reasons best known to him. It has come as a shock to us as this happened less than 24 hours before our unit left to shoot in Ladakh. But we also believe that; especially in the movies we make, it’s the soldiers sitting up there that choose who will play them and recreate their lives on screen. Nevertheless, we wish him luck in his future endeavours. We are already in Ladakh filming with our entire cast and crew and Army personnel. We will announce the actor who is replacing Abhishek in the film soon,” said Nidhi Dutta, daughter of the filmmaker, according to Bollywood Life.

It’s not known whether Bachchan will ever shed some light as to why he decided to leave the project so close to its first schedule.

‘Paltan’ will star Suniel Shetty, Arjun Rampal, Pulkit Samrat, Siddhanth Kapoor, Sonu Sood, Gurmeet Chaudhary, Jimmy Sheirgill, Jackie Shroff and Luv Sinha.