Mumbai: The long awaited animated version of Raj Kumar Santoshi's 1994 hit comedy ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ is finally happening this year.

However, it has been learnt that in the cartoon film the characters Amar and Prem, originally essayed by Aamir Khan and Salman Khan respectively, won't look anything like them!

This decision was taken by iRock, the company helming the project. They are apparently worried and want to avoid any legal hassles they'd have to face in case the two superstars became the face of the cartoon film. Apparently, feelers were sent out to both the actors' offices and huge amounts of money were quoted for the 'privilege' of using their faces in the movie.

Says Sid Jain, CEO, iRock, "It's true we aren't making Aamir and Salman the faces of Amar and Prem. We really would've liked to since the identification level of the characters with the audience would've been substantially enhanced if we had the original faces.

However, our legal department advised us against it. So regrettably we are keeping the spirit of the characters, but not their faces."

Same to same

In every other detail, the cartoon version of ‘Andaz Apna Apna' (AAA) would be exactly like the original. Says Jain excitedly, "I've waited nine years to do this film. We wanted to make sure everything is just right before we started."

As for Aamir and Salman missing out on the animation glory, someone very close to AAA said, "A cartoon version of the film without Salman and Aamir's face is like an animation version of Attenborough's Gandhi without Ben Kingley's signature-face." We agree!