Videos of actor Kartik Aaryan and director Karan Johar in close contact at the Pinkvilla Style Icon Awards held earlier this week being widely distributed online. According to reports, Karan and Kartik had a disagreement while working on Dostana 2.
After Kartik had already shot scenes for the film, it was announced that the cast will be changed. Neither Dharma Productions nor Kartik have provided additional information regarding the issue.
Videos from the recent awards ceremony depicted Kartik and Karan at the same table, mingling with other industry figures including Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, and Kiara Advani, among others.
Kartik was observed kneeling next to his co-star from Lukka Chuppi, Kriti Sanon, who was seated next to Karan at the table. At one point, Kartik executed the hook step from the Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 theme song, and as the camera went back to the table, Karan appeared to be clapping.
Karan and Kartik shared the stage at the same occasion as a group of stars danced to a song from Karan’s upcoming film Jugjugg Jeeyo. Varun Dhawan could be heard calling Kartik to the stage and telling him, “Come, you can dance to a song from a Dharma film.”
Dostana 2 was planned to star Kartik and Janhvi Kapoor. Janhvi was seated at the same table as Sara Ali Khan, with whom Kartik had a brief exchange on the red carpet of the same event. Sara and Kartik reportedly ended their collaboration on Love Aaj Kal 2 on a bad note.
In response to the rumors of his departure from Dostana 2, Kartik told MissMalini in Hindi, “I have a lot of patience. I think that actions speak louder than words, so even when I have been through difficult circumstances, I do not discuss it.
Negative things do not bother me; the success of my films at the box office is the only thing that matters to me. I am convinced that your work speaks for you and no one else.”
He had said, “In this sector, miscommunication occurs frequently. Not only in one sector, but in all industries. Occasionally it’s to your advantage, and sometimes you lose your job.”
Dharma stated in an official statement, “Due to professional circumstances, on which we have chosen to maintain a respectful silence, we will be recasting Dostana 2 under the direction of Collin D’Cunha. Please stay tuned for an official announcement.”
Kartik was most recently seen in Bhool Bhulaiya 2, which became his most successful film. Domestically, the film has grossed over 175 crore rupees. Next, he will be observed in Shehzada.