Soon after Karan Johar's banner Dharma Productions dropped their official statement on social media announcing lead actor Kartik Aaryan's exit from the film on Friday evening, 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".
Interestingly, some even pointed out that Kartik can never be compared to the late actor citing the time he wanted the latter’s social media to be deleted.
In an episode of “No Filter Neha”, Kartik said that one actor who ought to delete his social media account is Sushant Singh Rajput.
Earlier reports also stated that Sushant, who was reportedly dating Sara Ali Khan, deleted all his Instagram posts after their alleged breakup.
Rumours were rife that it’s Sara’s closeness to Kartik Aaryan during "Lve Aaj Kal" which has created a rift between the two.
The whole Sara-Kartik fiasco started when on Koffee with Karan season 6, Sara admitted that she wants to date Kartik Aaryan.
The statement issued by Dharma Productions on Friday evening read: "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."
While the comments section on the Dharma Productions official Twitter account was soon disabled, netizens continued venting anger on their official Facebook and Instagram accounts, where the statement has been shared.
"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.