Dostana 2: Kartik Aaryan, Janhvi Kapoor roped in as leads, search on for second ‘suitable boy’ in Karan Johar film

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By
Jun 27, 2019 11:47 AM IST

Actors Kartik Aaryan and Janhvi Kapoor have been roped in the two leads of Dostana 2. The search is still on for the third, male lead of the film.

Putting an end to all speculations, filmmaker Karan Johar announced Dostana 2 early on Thursday. The film will star Kartik Aaryan and Jahnvi Kapoor as leads while the search is still on for the third part of the trio, a second male lead. Dostana, the 2008 original, starred Priyanka Chopra, Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham as the leads.

Kartik Aaryan and Janhvi Kapoor will star together in Dostana 2.
Kartik Aaryan and Janhvi Kapoor will star together in Dostana 2.

“The return of the franchise with unlimited madness! @TheAaryanKartik, #Janhvi & a soon to be launched fresh face - making it the trio for #Dostana2, directed by @CollinDcunha. Watch out for the third suitable boy!,” Karan wrote in a tweet and shared an animated announcement video. The short clip also features a remix version of original Dostana’s hit song, Ma Da Ladla Bigad Gaya.


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A source close to the production reveals, “The 2008 film was a success especially because it was one of the first few mainstream films to show a same-sex relationship in a normal and fun manner. Karan has always wanted to take this franchise forward and his endeavour was to ensure that he gave much more to the audience in the sequel. The team has worked hard on getting the script right.”

Talking about why this film is close to him, Karan says, “Dostana will always be a special title and film to all of us at Dharma. We released the first film of our company with this title in 1980, (starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Zeenat Aman) and exactly 40 years later, we bring to you the second part of our fun franchise with the same title in 2020.” He adds, “The 2008 released rom-com with a fun twist received a lot of love, initiated many discussions and some disagreements as well. But no one can deny that it started a dialogue about an extremely important topic. With Dostana 2, we definitely have an entertainer planned but amongst all the fun and games, there will be a strong message and hopefully many positive discussions to follow.”

Karan is also looking forward to working with Kartik in their first-ever collaboration, “I am excited to take the franchise forward with Kartik and Janhvi! This is our first film at Dharma with Kartik and we are very excited to work with him. I can’t wait to create some desi boy and girl madness with Kartik and Janhvi. We will also be introducing a new male lead in this film and Collin makes his debut as director with Dostana 2.”

In Dostana, Abhishek and John played two straight men who fall for Priyanka but stay in her apartment, pretending to be a gay couple. Bobby Deol too was seen in a cameo in the Tarun Mansukhani directorial.

In January, Karan had tweeted that no one had been approached for the film. “For the record.....NO ONE has been officially approached for DOSTANA 2!!!! Some thoughts and ideas are underway but nothing official has moved,” he tweeted.

Janhvi currently has the Gunjan Saxena biopic in her kitty and RoohiAfza with Rajkummar Rao. The filming for latter began a couple of weeks ago while the former has been shooting for a while now in Lucknow.

Kartik was last seen in hit romantic comedy Luka Chuppi. He is currently shooting for Love Aaj Kal 2 with Sara Ali Khan and will also be seen with Ananya Panday and Bhumi Pednekar in Pati Patni Aur Woh remake.

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