Karan Johar Dharma Productions’Dostana 2 has been in the headlines since its announcement. The film is being helmed by director Collin D’Cunha. Karan Johar had announced in 2019 that Kartik Aaryan, Janhvi Kapoor, and Lakshya will star in this film. Dharma Productions, on Friday evening, announced in a tweet that that the lead star of the film, Kartik Aaryan, has been dropped and he won’t be a part of this film anymore. Dharma Productions has issued an official statement on social media regarding Dostana 2 recasting, confirming that Kartik Aaryan is no longer part of the upcoming film. Earlier in the day, there were multiple reports doing the round that Kartik had been fired from the movie due to his “unprofessional behaviour”. Actors getting replaced in films is not a new phenomenon in the industry. While makers have replaced actors from their projects, we haven’t seen any filmmaker dropping a star in the middle of a film due to ‘unprofessional behaviour’. Bollywood heartthrob Kartik Aaryan’s ouster from ‘Dostana 2’ has set several tongues wagging.
Kartik has been accused of ‘unprofessional behaviour’ and ‘interfering in the script’ even when the film went on floors several months ago. According to the source, Karan Johar and Dharma Productions have to incur a loss worth several crores after removing Aaryan from ‘Dostana 2’. When we asked the source about the amount, he said, “the loss is close to Rs 20 crore.” Considering the massive scale and budget of Johar’s films, the amount is not that high; however, the loss suffered due to Kartik’s exit will affect the budget of ‘Dostana 2’. “Karan decided to not tolerate Kartik Aaryan’s ‘tantrums’ and instead drop him from the film even if he had to bear losses worth crores. He thought that it would be better to remove Kartik from film and not work with him in future,” the source further said.
Kartik, Janhvi Kapoor and Lakshya Lalwani shot for ‘Dostana 2’ for 20 days in 2019. Lalwani, who is a known TV star, will make his Bollywood debut with the upcoming film. Dharma Productions released an official statement to confirm Dostana 2’s re-casting due to ‘professional circumstances’. Kartik is yet to react to the big allegations levelled against him by the makers of the film.