Aanand L Rai’s team says talks with Kartik Aaryan on: ‘Taken another film to Ayushmann Khurrana’
After exiting Karan Johar’s Dostana and allegedly being dropped from Shah Rukh Khan’s Freddie, Kartik Aaryan was said to reportedly have lost another big project, an Aanand L Rai film that was based on a gangster. Ayushmann Khurrana was said to be roped in to play the lead in the film.
However, the filmmaker’s team has denied the buzz and revealed that the production house is still in talks with Kartik. As for Ayushmann, the said film is a completely different one. “These are baseless rumours. We’ve met Kartik for a different film and we are still talking. We have taken another film altogether to Ayushmann and this is a complete mix up,” the spokesperson for Colour Yellow said in a statement.
In a recent interview, Aanand L Rai stating that things were still not formalised with Kartik mentioned that while as producers they keep meeting actors and pitching scripts, it doesn’t mean they have been signed. “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 told Hindustan Times.
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 yet-untitled film was said to be helmed by Rai’s assistant.
Recently, it was reported that Kartik Aaryan stepped out of Dostanna 2 due to “creative differences”, after shooting for almost two weeks. Last month, Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions released a statement informing fans that they will be recasting for the film, which also stars Jahnvi Kapoor and newbie Laksshya.
“Due to professional circumstances, on which we have decided to maintain a dignified silence – we will be recasting 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. The shoot was halted in March 2020 due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
On the work front, Kartik Aaryan is looking forward to the release of his Netflix film Dhamaka, and has also wrapped up shoot of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2.