Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt starrer 'Shuddhi' finally gets axed

Jan 28, 2016, 08:42 IST | Gaurav Dubey

Karan Johar's dream project 'Shuddhi' makes no headway; lead pair, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan's dates apparently adjusted for another film under his banner

Karan Johar's long-in-the-making ambitious project, 'Shuddhi' has hit many a hurdle after it was announced in early 2013. Casting issues led to periodic speculations about the film being shelved, but when Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan came on board a few months ago, things were looking up. However, bad luck seems to have caught up with KJo again with reliable sources suggesting that Shuddhi has finally been dropped since there was no progress in the project.

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A still from Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, whose sequel which go on floors later this year and (right inset) Karan Johar
A still from 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania', whose sequel which go on floors later this year and (below) Karan Johar 

Says a source close to Karan's production house, "No work has been done on the film. It has gone through many casting changes and every time a new actor came on board, the script had to be reworked to suit their personality. Apart from that, KJo wasn't too confident about handing the directorial baton to Karan Malhotra since the latter's last film ('Brothers') didn't do well."

Karan Johar
Karan Johar

As per reports, the budget was also one of the reasons for the makers rethinking taking the film on floors. During a media interaction last August, the filmmaker got upset when he was asked about the film. "Oh my god, oh my god, I am folding my hands and bowing down to you all, stop asking me questions about 'Shuddhi'. I don't know what kind of bad omen the movie is going through, I am not able to make it," he had said.

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There was buzz that dates given to the production house by Alia and Varun will be adjusted for the sequel of KJo's 2014 hit 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania' starring the duo. The filmmaker remained unavailable for comment, while the source adds: "Varun, who had stopped signing films to focus on 'Shuddhi', is now scouring for challenging scripts, indicating that the film has been shelved. He is now busy with other projects — his brother Rohit Dhawan's 'Dishoom' to be followed by a gangster flick. Alia, too, will shortly begin shooting with Shah Rukh Khan for Gauri Shinde's next."

Casting chaos

Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor Khan were originally signed for 'Shuddhi' and the casting coup of sorts created a lot of hype.

Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Salman Khan, Deepika Padukone
Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Salman Khan and Deepika Padukone

The two had last worked together in Sooraj Barjatya's 2003 dud, 'Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon', after co-starring in 'Yaadein', 'Mujhse Dosti Karoge!' and 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham'. However, due to health issues, Hrithik bowed out of the project, and Kareena followed suit. Salman Khan was then brought on board, but a leading lady couldn't be finalised, although there were rumours that Deepika Padukone might star opposite him. Deepika claimed she was never offered the film, but sources said she chose Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Bajirao Mastani', which released last year, over 'Shuddhi'. Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt were signed in early 2015.

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