Ever since Kartik Aaryan was unceremoniously dropped from Dostana 2 for “professional reasons” as Dharma Productions put it, speculation has been rife about the reasons for his ouster as also who'll be replacing him in the film. While rumours of Kartik Aaryan parting ways with the team of Dostana 2 have ranged from his equation with Janhvi Kapoor turning sour to his even requesting Director Collin D'Cunha that they scrap the movie and make something else (and these rumours will continue to the end of time without one ever being confirmed) what we do know is that the hunt for Kartik's replacement is currently on and that producer Karan Johar has gone into overdrive, searching for the new male lead.
Now, there have been multiple reports that Akshay Kumar has been roped in as Kartik Aaryan's replacement in Dostana 2, but there have been no confirmation and we hear that the dotted lines haven't been signed as yet. And the void post Kartik's ouster remains to be filled. A well-placed source tells BollywoodLife that the lockdown has set all the planning and schedule haywire. However, Karan Johar doesn't want to waste anytime and is therefore conducting auditions online for Kartik's replacement and intends to finalize someone soon so that the shoot can again get underway as soon as the Covid-19 situation is in control, especially considering that all the portions shot with the Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety actor need to be filmed again. Another reason we hear for the urgency is that KJo intends to take up the directorial reins again for a biggie soon after the shoot of Dostana 2 is wrapped up, and hence, wants the film to be completed at the earliest.
Besides Janhvi Kapoor and whoever will finally be roped in as Kartik Aaryan's replacement, Dostana 2 also stars newcomer Laksh Lalwani.
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