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Karan Johar shelves his most awaiting project ‘Takht’… Here is why

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Karan Johar’s one of the most talked about and ambitious projects ‘Takht’ has reportedly been shelved for some reasons. The mega budget historical drama was to be made with Bollywood’s big star cast like Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Anil Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar. The announcement of Karan’s next directorial was already made in August 2018, and since then fans had been eagerly waiting to watch this larger than life periodic drama on big-screen.

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But as to make something this grand, it takes time and also other factors are considered to work in favour of production, what didn’t work for director Karan Johar, was not one but several other reasons that made him to shelve this ambitious venture.

As per our little birdie, “There are several reasons why it has happened. To begin with, it’s too costly a film. Its budget is expected to be around Rs. 250-300 crores. Like every other producer, even Karan had to bear losses due to Covid-19. Also, his expensive films like Brahmastra and Liger are already in production or awaiting release, along with his mid-sized ones like Shershaah, Dostana 2, Jug Jugg Jeeyo and Shakun Batra’s next. Adding Takht to this list won’t be a good idea.”

“Since the very beginning, no studio was on board for the film. It was believed that Fox Star Studios was backing Takht because of its partnership with Dharma. But the fact is that Fox was never on board. Karan tried pitching Takht to other studios but his efforts proved futile,” whispered the birdie adding, “Takht is based on Mughal history. The current political climate is volatile and you never know when things can get ugly. We all saw what happened with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat (2018). Karan felt that there’s no way he can risk taking such a project in such times as a lot of money would then be at stake. As a result, Karan Johar has decided to shelve Takht for now. He might revive the project maybe after a couple of years.”

Concluding this inside information, it further went on to tell, “The managers of the actors have been informally told about this decision. Meanwhile, Karan Johar has decided to rope in two of the actors of Takht – Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt – for a love story. It’s a space that Karan is familiar with and moreover, it’s also a safe bet.”

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Meanwhile, a trade expert is reportedly unhappy with these turn of events, “Takht looked like a winner. What star cast! Also, it surely would have been a visually spectacular film and something that could have worked big time in cinemas. I hope after a few years, Karan has a rethink and goes ahead with the film.”

Karan Johar is one of the best known personalities of Bollywood and is well known not only for his humour and wit but also for his directorials like – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (2006), My Name Is Khan (2010), Student Of The Year (2012) and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)- which not only registered a humongous success on box office but are till date known for its flawless plot, mind-blowing execution, heart-winning performances and hit songs.

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