Karan Johar's Dharma productions on Friday announced that they will be recasting "Dostana 2", starring Kartik Aaryan, due to "professional circumstances".
Without taking any names, the production house issued a statement about replacement in the film.
"Due to professional circumstances, on which we have decided to maintain a dignified silence - we will be recasting 'Dostana 2', directed by Collin D'Cunha. Please wait for the official announcement soon," the statement from Dharma read.
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A section of netizens started slamming the production house alleging nepotism.
A section of netizens also compared Kartik Aaryan's position with late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who was allegedly a victim of nepotism, saying Kartik is being targeted for not being an industry insider's child, just like Sushant. Fans are also threatening to boycott "Dostana 2".
Actress Kangana Ranaut, who has a long-standing beef with Karan Johar, took to Twitter and extended her support towards Kartik Aaryan.
She wrote, "Kartik has come this far on his own, on his own he will continue to do so, only request to papa jo and his nepo gang club is please leave him alone like Shushant don’t go after him... Leave him alone you vultures, get lost chindi nepos...Kartik no need to be scared of these chillars.... after doing nasty articles and releasing announcements blaming only your attitude for fall out this moron wants to maintain dignified silence. They spread same stories of drug addiction and unprofessional behaviour for SSR also."
"Know that we are with you, the one who did not make you can’t break you either, today you must be feeling lonely and targeted from all corners. No need to feel so, everyone knows this drama queen JO, you will do very well dear, trust your instincts and be disciplined. much love," she added in a subsequent tweet.
Reports about Aaryan being replaced were doing the rounds on social media since Friday morning.
As per unconfirmed reports, differences reportedly emerged between the makers and the actor, and Dharma Productions have decided not to collaborate with the actor in future. According to unauthenticated sources, the makers have lost around Rs 20 crore with Kartik's exit, as 20 days of shoot were already completed and these will have to be re-shot with a new actor.
The sources said "after 20 days of shoot, Kartik had issues with script and felt that it was not okay", adding that the actor was also not allotting dates to the project.
"Dostana 2" also features Janhvi Kapoor.
Aaryan rose to fame with 2011 film "Pyaar Ka Punchnama" and later featured in films such as "Luka Chupppi", "pati Patni Aur Woh" and "Love Aaj Kal".
His upcoming films are "Dhamaka" and "Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2".
The actor could not be reached for comment.