Karan Johar’s banner Dharma Production officially announced that actor Kartik Aaryan will no longer star in the upcoming film, ‘Dostana 2’.
As per the reports in Bollywood Hungama, the real reason behind the fallout is revealed. A source revealed, “Kartik Aaryan had come on board Dostana 2 in 2019 for a minimal amount of Rs 2-3 crores, and at present, his market value is upside of Rs 10 crores. At first, he asked Karan for a hike in his acting fees mid-way as his market value had gone up big time in the last two years. While Karan believed it was unprofessional on Kartik’s part to renegotiate the remuneration mid-way, he tried to compensate him with another film, Mr Lele.”
The source shared that Kartik was replaced by Vicky Kaushal, “Kartik also agreed to come on board the said film and was all charged up for a quirky ride. But to his surprise, he found himself replaced all of a sudden by Vicky Kaushal without being notified. Kartik was also upset with Dharma Productions when they gave Shashank Khaitan’s Yoddha to Shahid Kapoor. Although Shahid soon quit, they never approached Kartik for the role anyway,”
The source further said, “Meanwhile, Kartik continued giving reasons of the COVID-19 pandemic to not start shoot for Dostana 2 and Karan didn’t push him much either given their relationship. But when he shot for Dhamaka, Karan was upset. They had an indoor meeting where Karan expressed his disappointment.”
‘Dostana 2’ will now be made with a new actor joining Janhvi and Lakshya. It is being reported that Kartik wanted Karan to sign him for Sharan Sharma’s next, then only he will resume Dostana 2 shoot.