'It's just delayed': Karan Johar quashes reports of his upcoming film 'Takht' being shelved

A day after it was reported that Karan Johar had planned to shelve his ambitious project “Takht”, the filmmaker has quashed any such rumours.

"Takht" is a historical drama that narrates the story of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and his brother Dara Shikoh, and their fight for the throne. Actors Ranveer Singh and Vicky Kaushal are playing Dara Shikoh and Aurangzeb, respectively.

The cast also featured Anil Kapoor as Shah Jahan, Kareena Kapoor as Jahanara Begum and Alia Bhatt as Dilras Banu. Bhumi Pednekar and Janhvi Kapoor also feature in the cast.

KJo told Spotboye, he said “Takht is not shelved. It’s just delayed.”

This is because the filmmaker is currently occupied with three films - "Jug Jugg Jeeyo", “Liger”, and "Brahmastra.

Karan had earlier shared a small teaser video, which showed a golden throne and a voice over is heard saying: "Mughal shehzaadon ke liye Takht ka raasta apno ke taboot se hokar jaata tha. Agar yeh raasta mohabbat se hokar jaata toh shayad Hindustan ka itihaas kuch aur hota."

Last year, "Takht" came in the line of fire, after a controversial tweet by the film's writer Hussain Haidry about Hindus went viral.

The hashtag #BoycottTakht began trending on Twitter with netizens slamming Haidry for allegedly defaming Hindus in his tweets.

According to reports, Hussain's locked Twitter account had tweets with phrases like "Hindu terrorists".

This isn't the first time Hussain had been condemned for his tweets. Earlier, a series of his tweets had surfaced in which he wrote: "I want to kill a person. Really."

Hussain, in another tweet, was also seen instigating violence and asking people to pick a fight, burn houses and even kill a man if there is a chance. He had reportedly also badmouthed Brahmins by calling them the root of all evils in the country.

“Takht” will mark Johar's return to big screen direction for the first time since his 2016 release, "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil".

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