Karan Johar has confirmed that Karan Malhotra’s next, SHHUDDHI will star Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt.
The announcement came from the producer on social media website Twitter. Salman Khan, who was confirmed to play the leading actor in the film last year, also posted a tweet confirming the new cast.
This will be the third outing for the pair after Student of the Year and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, both films produced by Karan Johar as well.
Co-incidentally, it is also the third outing for the producer-director duo. Karan Malhotra starts work on the film immediately after Brothers, slated to release worldwide on 14th August. The director has previously made the blockbuster film Agneepath under Dharma Productions.
Hrithik Roshan has released a statement on leaving Karan Johar’s production Shuddhi.
Shuddhi was to be directed by Karan Malhotra (Agneepath) and reunite Hrithik Roshan on-screen with Kareena Kapoor Khan. Principal shooting for the film was due to start in May 2014.
Karan Johar just last week announced in an interview that the film may go through a change in cast as the film has been continuously delayed due to Hrithik Roshan’s health.
Hrithik Roshan’s statement read, “Karan Malhotra and I have decided to unite in the most ambitious way post Shuddhi. For now, I cannot allow a vision like Shuddhi to stagnate any further. I had the finest experience an actor can have working with Karan M in Agneepath and I’m sure both my dear Karans [Karan Malhotra and Karan Johar] are going to go beyond with this one! Shuddhi remains a part of me in spirit & am sure it will be a landmark in our cinema. I wish them all the best!”
Hrithik Roshan is currently filming for Fox Star Studios’ Bang Bang with Katrina Kaif.
There have been speculations about the star cast of Shuddhi for a long time now. Finally Hrithik and Kareena have been finalized for the role.
The film will be directed by Karan Malhotra, director of Agneepath, and produced by Karan Johar.
Says KJo, “I’m excited to see Hrithik and Kareena back after 12 years.”
“When Karan (Malhotra) came to me with Shuddhi, his desire was to cast Hrithik and Kareena. I spoke to both of them and they were happy to be on board. The film is an intense love story and because it has a reincarnation theme, he has written a script that is dramatic and outstanding,” said Johar.
“Also, such a theme requires actors who can bring the desired intensity. To me, it is really an important casting. But I don’t look at it as a coup. Kareena is beautiful, talented and a powerhouse performer. And Hrithik, well, what can I say? He can melt a nation just with his eyes,” added the director.