Few days back, Karan Johar made headlines after he dropped actor Kartik Aaryan from his upcoming project Dostana 2. He faced a lot of backlash as his decision of ousting the bollywood heartthrob once again started the nepotism debate. Now, Karan has a special plan to go ahead with casting for the film. He is planning to cast an outsider and has requested Akshay Kumar to come on board.

A source revealed, “Karan has had multiple meetings with his creative team and director brainstorming on the casting. The names zeroed in by them include Akshay Kumar, Rajkummar Rao, Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra and Siddhant Chaturvedi. However, Karan Johar is pushing his best to get Akshay on board the film, as he is the biggest star of all the names mentioned and will take the Dostana franchise to the next level.” (Bollywood Hungama)

While stating the simple idea behind casting Akshay, the source said, “Karan Johar wants an outsider to avoid any insider vs outsider debate giving a rebirth to nepotism. Hence the first choice is Akshay. But if things don’t work out, he will move ahead to explore the collaboration with other actors. Of the 5 shortlisted names, 4 are outsiders and hence, a safe bet at the moment. The core idea is to get an outsider replaced by an outsider.”

So far, no one has been officially signed for the film as the Dharma team will finalise the cast only once the lockdown restrictions are raised. After finalising the cast, a fresh shoot schedule will be planned out based on combination dates of all the actors.

Dostana 2 stars Janhvi Kapoor and debutant Lakshya in lead. The movie revolves around a brother and sister who fall for the same guy.