The Khiladi series needs a younger actor, says producer Ratan Jain.
The brother of Ganesh Jain, who started the Khiladi series in the first place, which took Akshay Kumar to the heights of stardom, Ratan Jain seems ready to flag off Khiladi 2. This film will also be directed by Abbas-Mustan, who also directed the original film in 1992 as well. There have been six films so far in the Khiladi series, including the film Main Khiladi Tu Anari, which was produced by another Jain brother, Champak, in 1994.
Incidentally, the rest of the films in the series were not produced by the Jain brothers. These filsm were Sabse Bada Khiladi in 1995, Khiladiyon Ka Khildai in 1996, Mr & Mrs Khialdi in 1997, International Khiladi in 1999, Khiladi 420 in 2000 and Khiladi 786 in 2012.
Producer Ratan says that anyone would come up with a new title, adding a few words to the borrowed Khiladi word, and get the title cleared. The brothers did not object to it but they had nothing to do with those films. However, the producer has locked the script for the movie Khiladi 2 this time.
The producer though is evasive about the Khiladi Kumar being in the movie. Akshay Kumar has acted in all of the eight films and the series earned him the nick name of Khiladi Kumar. The producer says that he might approach him for the movie but the script demands for a younger person and they may also come up with a surprise as well. The movie is expected to be action oriented and the producer hints at having a couple of names for the lead in his mind.