Karan Johar Introduces Debutante Actor Lakshya as the Third Lead for Dostana 2
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Karan Johar Introduces Debutante Actor Lakshya as the Third Lead for Dostana 2

Karan Johar is launching a new face, Lakshya, as the third lead in Dostana 2, which also stars Kartik Aaryan and Janhvi Kapoor. The filmmaker shared the details online.

Karan Johar is launching a newcomer in Bollywood with his Dostana sequel. The filmmaker has just announced that Lakshya will be the third lead in Dostana 2, which also stars Kartik Aaryan and Janhvi Kapoor. Sharing pictures of the debutante actor on social media, Karan wrote, “Both happy and excited to introduce the new kid on the Dharma block! LAKSHYA will be making his debut with us in #DOSTANA2 and from thereon, we hope to start a solid cinematic journey together! Please welcome #Lakshya and shower him with all your love and blessings….” He added that Lakshya has no prior connection to the film industry.

“Yes I woke up to several inquiries asking about his film industry connections!!! He is NOT from the business and went through a legit audition process !! Am grateful to Shanoo Sharma for introducing LAKSHYA to @DharmaMovies,” wrote Karan, who has previously been accused of nepotism by actress Kangana Ranaut and others.

Dostana, a comedy film starring Priyanka Chopra, John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan in lead roles, was produced by Karan and turned out to be a superhit, despite some criticism regarding its portrayal of the LGBT community. Dostana 2 will bring Kartik and Janhvi together for the first time and is slated for release in 2020.

Meanwhile, Karan will return as a director with Takht, featuring an ensemble star cast including Vicky Kaushal, Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Janhvi Kapoor, Bhumi Pednekar and Anil Kapoor. His last film as a producer, period drama Kalank, did not do well at the box office despite the presence of some of Bollywood’s top stars. Speaking about Kalank’s failure in an interview, Karan has said he felt responsible for the film’s failure, as the leader and oldest member of the team, and that he had gotten “carried away with” the story, giving “everybody unnecessary wings to fly.”

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