Dharma Productions has been on the lookout for a replacement for Kartik Aaryan in Dostana 2. Rumours have it that Aaryan and the makers of the film had creative differences, after which Karan Johar decided to sack him from the film. Akshay Kumar, who was seen in Johar’s last film Good Newwz, might possibly come on board to replace the actor now.
Reports in Hindustan Times suggest that Johar has personally approached Kumar for the role. A source close to the development stated, “Karan Johar has personally requested Akshay Kumar to come on board Dostana 2 and help him out, as lots of money has already been invested in the shoot of the film. So, in all likelihood, Kumar will join the cast.”
“Johar is even ready to make changes to the script, which was earlier written keeping Aaryan in mind, so that it fits Kumar’s character,” added the source. Dostana 2 also stars Janhvi Kapoor and debutant Laksh Lalwani in key roles and will revolve around the story of a brother-sister duo falling for the same guy.
According to a report in Bollywood Hungama, Aaryan initially had problems with the dates and the schedule but later he started having creative issues as well. A source close to the development told the online portal, “For the longest time, Kartik gave a genuine reason of the Covid 19 pandemic to not start shoot. He wanted to ensure safety so Karan didn’t push him much. But when he shot for Dhamaka, Karan was upset. They had an indoor meeting where Karan expressed his disappointment.”
Dharma has decided not to work with Kartik Aaryan in the future.”Dharma is such a prestigious banner and KJo is reputed for launching careers – but never at the cost of a film’s future and the livelihoods of its cast and crew,’ added the source. Now, we will have to wait and see Akshay Kumar will give a nod to the film or not.