The character of a cop that the actor is playing in Dum Maaro Dum was originally meant for Telugu star Rana Daggubati. Abhishek informs Mid Day, “When Rohan came to me with this film, he wanted me to play the role of DJ Joki, the role that Rana is playing now. But when I read the script, I told him that I want to do ACP Vishnu Kamath's role instead, because I felt I would be able to do that role better and Rohan agreed."
After reading the script Abhishek liked the attitude of cop in Dum Maaro Dum. He was impressed by the way the character tackled the situations in life. Abhishek has not swapped his role for the first time. Earlier, during Bluffmaster (2005), Abhishek had swapped his role with that of Riteish Deshmukh's.