Prior to 2021, Karan Johar and Kartik Aaryan had a massive fall out, following which their collaboration, Dostana 2, was put on the backburner regardless of shooting for more than 50 percent of the movie. Soon after, Karan and his banner, Dharma Productions, at multiple occasions suggested that the movie will see a complete revamp with another actor stepping into Kartik Aaryan’s role. They also emphasised that Dharma Productions won’t work with Kartik in future however the justification behind this fallout wasn’t mentioned.
In a new interview with Indian Express, when Kartik was questioned whether his differences with industry people could cost him work, he said, “I just focus on my work. That’s all I would like to say on this. Look at my (film) line-up (right now).”
He was also further prodded about industry people lobbying against him. Kartik answered, “What happens, at times, is people make ‘baat ka batangad’ (make a mountain out of a molehill). There is nothing more to it. No one has so much time (to think so much). Everybody just wants to work, do good work. Other than that, things are just rumours.”