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Shah Rukh Khan 'won't star in Student of the Year'

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In a break with tradition, Karan Johar's forthcoming film Student of the Year will not star Shah Rukh Khan.

Khan, who has starred in every film directed by Johar, will instead be producing the film.

A source told The Times of India: "Karan had specially written the part for Shah Rukh. For him it was unimaginable to direct a film that doesn't feature the actor.

"The role of the dean was specially written for Shah Rukh. But finally Shah Rukh Khan and Karan mutually decided that the actor should not take on the role."

Sources say that Khan felt that he was not the right age to play the role. When asked if Khan will make a cameo appearance for good luck, Johar replied: "He's the co-producer. What more luck could I hope for? But no, he won't be in the film.

"Let me tell you though that Rishi Kapoor has the most important role in Student of the Year. Chintu Uncle is doing two films for Dharma: Agneepath and Student of the Year."

The film marks the debuts of Alia Bhatt, daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, son of director David Dhawan and newcomer Siddharth Malhotra.

According to recent reports, Johar plans to cast Khan as the lead in his next film, a remake of a French romantic comedy.

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