Mahesh Bhatt apologises for ‘Aashiqui 2’ casting ‘sham’

Mahesh Bhatt apologises for ‘Aashiqui 2’ casting ‘sham’

The veteran filmmaker is disappointed that his idea of casting actors for his forthcoming film through a YouTube audition contest didn’t work out the way he wanted

Mahesh Bhatt’s Vishesh Films has become almost a sequel factory, and a successful one at that. The Bhatts recently announced a part deux to their ’90s superhit musical, Aashiqui. Rumours about who will replace Rahul Roy and Anu Aggarwal in Aashiqui 2 had begun making waves, when the makers announced an online contest in which aspiring actors could upload their audition clips on YouTube. The announcement caused a great deal of excitement in the clique of young actors who dreamed of being launched by a prestigious production house.

Their collective happiness was curtailed when the Bhatts announced that they had cast Aditya Roy Kapur, Shaad Randhawa and Shraddha Kapoor in the leading roles for the sequel. The makers of Aashiqui 2 had to take the flak for the ‘casting sham’, that was labelled a PR gimmick. When Bhatt Sr was confronted, he said, “We apologise to those who participated in the contest, but it was definitely not a PR stunt. We genuinely wanted to cast a fresh face, but the entries that we saw were not up to our standards. We wanted to cast people from Fiji or America in Aashiqui 2. Sadly, the response was anything but inspiring. It seems that people are afraid of public rejection, some cynical actors didn’t bother to audition, and some were just not talented enough. We are especially sorry for those who had to borrow money to shoot their videos.”

Wethinks it is honourable of the veteran filmmaker to apologise in public. Now we wait to find out if the Bhatts manage to recreate the magic of the original musical with the new actors they have chosen.Subscribe to me on YouTube


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  • dhiraj

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  • ramesh rathod

    hello mahesh sir how r u , i think fine, me ek safal abhineta banna chahtahu “amitabh bachachan” ke jaisa so pls 1 muka aap jaroor dena becos _ “me kiya aaj khus to bahut hoge tum….

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  • anjuli richhariya

    awsom movie…….nice songs with nice acting by aditya and shraddha ……. 10 on 10,,,,<3
    luv u both

  • akash kalia

    Aashique 2 movie is awesome what the great lesson i teach from this movie apart of this the songs is “what should i say i have no words to elaborate” bhatt sir salute u, how can u & ur group understand the feelings which is very deeply from the bottom of my heart, seriously sir respect u alot i have many desires but i want to meet u once in my lifespan its my humble request to give ur precious time to me .tc sir may god gives u gud & healthy life.

    Warm regards

  • akash kalia


    I dnt want to become an actor bas wnt 2 meet u uncle pls pls pls.

    Akash kalia

  • kareena lamba

    I saw Aashqui2 at Wave Cinemas two days and the experience was just amazing. It was very easy to get online tickets because of its online booking. Great movie and great songs. Truly amazing.

  • sangeeta thakur

    i m speechless about dis movie,…….i just moved by dis amazing luvstory….luv u aditya….nd shradhha was also cute nd loving…….i really burst into tears wen i saw dis movie……

  • jyotiprakash chakraborty

    Sir pls u will make Ashiqui 3 wit melody king of the wold Kumar Sanu. Its our request. U was first successful with kumar sanu dont forget sir. Then pls pls call him for ur next Ashiqui 3. SANU DA KA GAAN. INDIA KA JAAN. so pls we want sanu daas song with ur next Ashiqui 3. Sir pls accept our demand for the first time. Thnks sir Jyoti prakash chakraborty.

  • ayyub khan

    plzz.sir aggar auditions jab bhi ho aap mujhe ek baar missed calls kar dena plzz sir

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  • kishore

    stop doing overaction mahesh bhatt

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    hello sir Aashiqui 3 me kaam karna chahta hu plez sir

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  • sasini

    dear sir, i ‘m a sri lankan girl.i watch ashiqui was very nice.but i was shocked by the end.plz reproduse a second part of ashiqui 2 with the same stars and a happy ending with rahul still alive.