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Inside Story: This is why Kartik Aaryan was dropped out from Karan’s ‘Dostana 2’!

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mumbai: Recently, the whole internet was buzzed by one of the biggest Bollywood fall out between actor Kartik Aaryan and godfather of the industry, producer-director Karan Johar. Where some slammed Karan for his alleged decision to not work in the future with Kartik Aaryan, others favoured the director for bringing Kartik to books for being unprofessional and creating troubles due to his break up with Janhvi Kapoor. However, no one reall knows what went wrong between the two but PardaPhash has learnt the real reason for this fall out from a little birdie.

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“Kartik Aaryan had come on board Dostana 2 in 2019 for a minimal amount of Rs. 2-3 crores, and at present his market value is upside of Rs. 10 crores. At first he asked Karan for a hike in his acting fees mid-way as his market value had gone up big time in the last two years. While Karan believed it was unprofessional on Kartik’s part to renegotiate the remuneration mid-way, he tried to compensate him with another film, Mr. Lele. Kartik also agreed to come on board the said film and was all charged up for a quirky ride. But to his surprise, he found himself replaced all of a sudden by Vicky Kaushal without being notified. Kartik was also upset with Dharma Productions when they gave Shashank Khaitan’s Yoddha to Shahid Kapoor. Although Shahid soon quit, they never approached Kartik for the role anyway,” an industry insider shared with PardaPhash.

Later, however, KJo offered Kartik another film, which was a cricket story helmed by Sharan Sharma of ‘Gunjan Saxena’ fame. To avoid being dropped out of the film once again, the actor asked Karan to execute and sign a contract with him. The insider revealed more about it, saying, “Meanwhile, Kartik continued giving reasons of the Covid 19 pandemic to not start shoot for ‘Dostana 2’ and Karan didn’t push him much either given their relationship. But when he shot for ‘Dhamaka’, Karan was upset. They had an indoor meeting where Karan expressed his disappointment.  Kartik seemed adamant not to shoot for ‘Dostana 2’ till he signs Sharan’s next and apparently told Karan, “I will shoot for ‘Dostana 2’, only after you sign the contract for Sharan Sharma’s next”. Karan, as told, didn’t like this lack of trust and also he couldn’t commit to the film until the script and screenplay were locked,” the insider further revealed.

Giving to the prolonged delays on Kartik’s part, Karan decided to go ahead and start the shoot of ‘Mr. Lele’ with Vicky Kaushal and Janhvi Kapoor from April. But the moment Kartik learnt about this development; he informed Dharma Productions that the only dates available for ‘Dostana 2’ this year was from April onwards. Karan seemingly understood what was Kartik up to and quickly rebuked him for the same. He was genuinely upset with Kartik as Janhvi had to pick between ‘Dostana 2’ and ‘Mr. Lele’. Post that incident, Karan and Kartik stopped speaking with each other.

“Karan felt it was unprofessional on Kartik’s end to arm twist, and this finally led to a big fall out between the two, with things going ugly. Kartik on the other hand felt he was horribly underpaid for the job, as he was definitely the biggest selling point of the film and Karan was not keeping up his promise of a second film. Kartik also developed some issues with Janhvi Kapoor, due to their break up and it all culminated into a big fight, with money, like always coming in the center. All issues might have been resolved, but unprofessionalism took things to a different tangent and Karan was left with no choice but to oust him from Dostana 2.”

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As per recent rumours making rounds, ‘Dostana 2’ will now rope in a new actor joining Janhvi and Lakshya.

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