Mumbai: After loosing big budget Bollywood movie ‘Dostana 2 ‘ under Karan Johars’s Dharma Productions, actor Kartik Aryan has lost yet another project, as per media reports. The 30-year-old was reportedly roped in for an untitled gangster movie but is reportedly no longer a part of it.
Giving an inside on this development, an industry insider revealed, “Kartik was in advanced level talks with Aanand, and had read the script and heard the narration, too. But, before he could sign on the dotted line, things fell apart.”
Pinning Karan Johar on for supposedly “influencing” decision to drop Kartik Aryan from the project the insider said, “The fact that Karan dropped Kartik seems to have influenced others. So, this could be the third instance where Kartik maybe losing out on getting to work with an established filmmaker like Aanand.”
“Aanand is now considering Ayushmann Khurrana for this film with who he had earlier collaborated on Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017) and Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020), so it’s not a surprise if he may have readily come on board,” the insider further added.
Although, filmmaker Aanand L Rair said that nothing was formalised with Aryan, “As a production house, we work on several scripts and pitch it to actors — that’s the process. Actors keep meeting you, you keep telling them what you are working on, they express their desire to collaborate. And then, depending upon the subject, you decide if you should approach them. But that doesn’t mean you have signed them,” he said.
“I have a story, which we would soon make with Ayushmann,” he added.
For the unversed, after dropping Kartik Aryan from ‘Dostana 2’, Karan Johar had announced not to work with the actor in the future given to his ‘unprofessional behaviour’.
Meanwhile, Kangana Ranaut had said, “Kartik has come this far on his own, on his own he will continue to do so, only request to papa jo and his nepo gang club is please leave him alone like Shushant don’t go after him and force him to hang himself. Leave him alone you vultures, get lost chindi nepos…”
The ‘Queen’ of Bollywood, Kangana had also advised Kartik not to be scared of these “chillars”, while drawing parallels with the manner in which stories of unprofessional behaviour and drug addiction were peddled around Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.