Kartik Aaryan, who was all set to play the lead in Karan Johar's Dostana 2, is now out of the film.
New Delhi: Kartik Aaryan, who was all set to play the lead in Karan Johar's Dostana 2, is now out of the film. The big update on Dharma Productions venture has left his fans shocked. The movie was announced in 2019 but the shoot had to be delayed due to the pandemic. This is the first time a big production house has taken such a decision to replace its leading actor mid-shoot. Film trade analyst Sumit Kadel took to Twitter and confirmed the news. He wrote: #Dostana2 UPDATE - #KartikAryan has been replaced by Dharma Production due to some professional reasons, some other actor will be casted in replacement of Kartik.
The sequel to the 2008 hit, starring Priyanka Chopra, John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan, is being helmed by Collin D'Cunha and features Janhvi Kapoor as the leading lady. The film will also mark the Bollywood debut of television actor Lakshya. It was in November 2019 that Kartik Aaryan and Janhvi Kapoor began shooting for Dostana 2 in Amritsar. Kartik took to his Instagram account and shared a picture of himself and Karan Johar. In the photo, Kartik can be seen taking the filmmaker's blessings before kick-starting Dostana 2. The team wrapped up the second schedule of the film around Christmas 2019.
Kartik, who was excited to be a part of the project, had earlier told news agency PTI: "The evolution is from one Dostana to the other. Dostana one that released in 2008 and the Dostana 2 that's releasing in 2020, you will see that the representation is accurate, non-caricaturish and on point, talking about sexuality in a way that will not make you cringe while watching it. So therein lies the fact that in the last 12 years, there has been a solid change in the way we depict gay characters. Even in Kapoor & Sons and the way it was depicted." While Kartik Aaryan is out of Dostana 2, Janhvi Kapoor and Lakshya are still part of the cast