After leaving Karan Johar’s Dostana and reportedly getting dropped from Shah Rukh Khan’s Freddie, Kartik Aaryan is said to have lost another major project, an Aanand L Rai movie that was based on a mobster. Ayushmann Khuranna has now been roped in to star in the film.
However, the filmmaker denied that things had already been formalized with Kartik. In an interview, he said that while producers continue to meet actors and pitch scripts, it doesn’t mean they’re signed. “As a production house, we work on different scripts and pitch them to actors – that’s the process. Actors keep meeting you, you keep telling them what you’re doing, they express their desire to work together. And then, depending on the subject, you decide whether to approach them. But that doesn’t mean you signed them,” he told Hindustan Times.
While he didn’t disclose details as to whether Ayushmann had indeed replaced Kartik in the project, Aanand L Rai said, “I have a story, which we would be doing with Ayushmann soon.”
Reports that Kartik Aaryan was working with Aanand L Rai surfaced in February this year when the actor was pictured outside the filmmaker’s office in Mumbai. The still untitled film would be assisted by Rai’s assistant.
It was recently reported that Kartik Aaryan stepped out of Dostanna 2 due to “creative differences”, after shooting for nearly two weeks. Last month, Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions released a statement informing fans that they will be recasting for the film, which will also feature Jahnvi Kapoor and newcomer Laksshya.
“Due to professional circumstances, on which we have decided to keep a dignified silence, we will recast Dostana 2, directed by Collin D’Cunha. Please wait for the official announcement soon,” read the statement. Kartik and Janhvi had started shooting for the film in Amritsar in November 2019. Shooting was halted in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
At work, Kartik Aaryan is looking forward to the release of his Netflix movie Dhamaka and has also finished shooting Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2.