Takht has been in the news since a long time. The period drama was scheduled to go floors in 2020 but was put on hold due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Now, it seems it has been shelved for good.
A source close to the development said, “Karan Johar’s ambitious project Takht has been shelved permanently. It was put on hold due to COVID-19 earlier. However, the team developing it have been having a hard time sort their creative differences and be on the same page.”
The source added, “While Takht may not be happening, Karan Johar has been working on a love story for which he is considering Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt as the leads.” Karan was supposed to make his directorial comeback with Takht, but it may now be this new film with Ranveer-Alia. Interestingly, the production house is yet to complete the Ranbir Kapoor, Alia, Amitabh Bachchan starrer Brahmastra and finalise its release date. Karan may have thought it best to focus his energies on one major period film for now.
Talking about Takht, in a past press conference, when asked how he will strike a balance in Takht as Bollywood period films have often been criticised for endorsing Islamophobia, Karan Johar had replied, "My dear, you are talking to a filmmaker who's directed a film called 'My Name is Khan.' My sensitivities to religions across the world will always be on point. That's something I believe in as a human being, as a citizen of this great country and generally as a world citizen. Sensitivities to everyone and everything are something that we all take very deep care of. Also, with Takht, this isn't a story that I wrote. History wrote this story, I'm only telling it."
Talking to NDTV in May 2020, Karan had said, “Takht is a film that's close to my heart and I have been working on it for the past two and a half years."
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