Birthday boy Kartik Aaryan bags a Dharma film after Dostana 2 snub

Bollywood actor Kartik Aaryan, who turned 33 today (November 22, 2023), has bagged a film with Dharma Productions. 

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The actor earlier had a fallout with Karan Johar’s company, which saw him exiting the Dostana 2 cast a few years ago. 

Dharma Productions made the new announcement on X. 

“We are thrilled to announce a new story brewing that has found a home with Dharma Productions & Balaji Telefilms. Starring Kartik Aaryan and directed by Sandeep Modi, this yet to be titled film will be released on 15th August, 2025. Stay tuned!” part of the tweet read.

Director Sandeep Modi is known for his work in the Indian remake of The Night Manager and the web series Aarya.

Acknowledging it, Aaryan took to his social media and wrote, “An unforgettable chapter of our glorious Indian history full of valour and sacrifice is now going to be part of my life a subject close to my heart… super proud and excited to embark on a new journey with the extremely talented @sandeipm and the powerhouse @karanjohar and @ektarkapoor.”

KJo, on the other hand, took the opportunity to wish Aaryan on his birthday and talk about their upcoming collaboration. “Kartik, happy birthday to you…may our collaboration only grow from strength to strength from hereon and never cease to create magic on the big screen,” the veteran director-producer wrote. 

For those unversed, back in 2019, Johar announced Dostana 2 with Aaryan, Janhvi Kapoor, and Lakshya (Laksh Lalwani). However, the 33-year-old was dropped from the film, with Dharma releasing a statement. The film was later shelved. 

That being said, both Johar and Aaryan are in cordial terms. 

Meanwhile, on the work front, the actor will next be seen in Chandu Champion directed by Kabir Khan. It is jointly produced by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment (NGE) and Khan.

Besides that, Kartik also has other projects like Hansal Mehta’s Captain India, Anurag Basu’s Aashiqui 3, and Bhool Bhulaiyaa 3.

(The article is published under a mutual content partnership arrangement between The Free Press Journal and Connected to India)