Kartik Aaryan no longer considered for Aanand L Rai’s next?

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The turbulent times continue for Kartik Aaryan. After being ousted from Dharma Productions’ ‘Dostana 2’ and Red Chillies Entertainment’s ‘Goodbye Freddy’, the actor has reportedly been ousted from Aanand L Rai’s next.

Hindustan Times reports that Aaryan was in advanced talks with Rai for an untitled gangster film. However, the filmmaker has changed track and is now considering Ayushmann Khurrana for the project.

A source told the publication, “The fact that Karan dropped Kartik seems to have influenced others. So, this could be the third instance where Kartik maybe losing out on getting to work with an established filmmaker like Aanand.”

The source further stated, “Aanand is now considering Ayushmann Khurrana for this film with who he had earlier collaborated on Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017) and Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020), so it’s not a surprise if he may have readily come on board.”

Meanwhile, Rai clarified, “As a production house, we work on several scripts and pitch it to actors, that’s the process. Actors keep meeting you, you keep telling them what you are working on, they express their desire to collaborate. And then, depending upon the subject, you decide if you should approach them. But that doesn’t mean you have signed them.” When asked further if Ayushmann Khurrana has come on board, without confirming if it’s for the same project, the filmmaker said, “I have a story, which we would soon make with Ayushmann.”

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