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Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan says he received words of encouragement from the king of romance, Shah Rukh Khan, who was to originally play the role that he now essays in the upcoming epic drama "Kalank"

There have been reports that the character of Zafar, played by Varun in the film, was earlier offered to SRK.

Asked if he had any word with Shah Rukh regarding the same, Varun told the media on Wednesday: "Obviously, I did not speak to him on how I should approach the role but I was surely aware of the fact that Shah Rukh sir was approached earlier to play the role, and who all were the other cast members at that time.

"Karan (Karan Johar who has now produced the film) was supposed to direct the film and Mr. Yash Johar was producing it."

When Varun met Shah Rukh last week, he spoke to him about "Kalank".

"He saw the teaser of the film. When I asked his opinion on the teaser, he had some good things to say about the film. When I specifically asked about my presence in the film, he said, 'Good to see you are working hard and these are roles that will get you closer to the audience'," Varun said.

The actor was present along with Madhuri Dixit Nene, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanjay Dutt, Kunal Kemmu and Alia Bhatt at the trailer launch of the film, directed by Abhishek Varman. The film will release on April 17.

Indore's dengue tally reaches the highest in 6 years with a total of 384 cases

Around 17 new dengue cases were reported in Indore in the past 24 hours.

Indore has reported the highest dengue cases in 6 years. As per reports, around 17 fresh cases were recorded here in the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 384 cases. According to the health department, around nine males and eight females contributed to the day's dengue count, marking the rise of an endemic in the city.

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UP to soon get a new 200-acre-wide data centre park

The new data centre will come up in Noida's Sector-28

In a bid to cultivate Uttar Pradesh's commercial landscape, the state administration has planned to develop data centre park in Noida. This structure will reportedly spread over 200 acres of land at Sector 28 of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority and attract investments from IT industry giants in India and abroad. The plan is expected to roll out by the end of August.

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