Recent news suggested that Kartik Aaryan had been signed for Imtiaz Ali’s next. However, it seems the film was first offered to Sidharth Malhotra when Shahid Kapoor opted out.
DNA reports that Malhotra met with Ali about two films. A source said, “Sid met the filmmaker, who had two scripts. They discussed one of them and the former model liked it, too, but he couldn’t sign it. Kartik Aaryan is acting in the other movie, which is based on the second script”.
It seems Malhotra’s schedule meant he wasn’t able to sign on the dotted line, “Imtiaz wanted Sidharth’s dates in February next year, but the latter had already committed the same to the Vikram Batra biopic. He told the Jab Harry Met Sejal director that he won’t be able to shift that film and politely turned down the offer”.
Another reason was that Malhotra was conscious that he’d signed an army films already so shouldn’t repeat that so soon, “The subject deals with an army-based romance. Sid has already played a man in uniform in Aiyaary earlier this year and will be stepping into the shoes of the Kargil martyr, Vikram Batra, next year. So, he thought this project will be too similar to what he’s already doing. Instead, he has signed a film with Nikkhil Advani’s banner, which will be helmed by Satyameva Jayate director, Milap Zaveri. It’s an action entertainer, which is scheduled to go on floors after he finishes the Batra biopic”.
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