Filmmaker Karan Johar’s films have often raked in very good numbers at the box office. Likewise, he also had very high hopes from Kalank which had a multi-starrer cast of Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha. He also managed to reunite Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit on screen, who – back in the day – were rumoured to be in a relationship, and hadn’t starred together ever since 1997’s Mahaanta. However, even after having some of the biggest Bollywood names under one roof, Kalank was unable to make a mark at the box office and failed extremely miserably.
Now, to make up for all the losses of Kalank, Karan is all set to kick start his horror franchise Bhoot with a bang. He is using the film as a compensating strategy that will aim to minimize the financial setback that his production house, Dharma Productions faced by the failure of Kalank. A source close to the production firm revealed, “The failure of Kalank was horrific so the brainstorming tank at Dharma Productions suggested to start working on the horror franchise titled Bhoot. The film will have to be made under a very tight budget, which is expected to recover investments within the first three days of release and then make a small profit.”
The team at Dharma Productions has also signed rising superstar Vicky Kaushal to play the male lead as he is not as expensive to cast as some of other frontrunners that the production house often chooses to take on board such as Shah Rukh Khan or Ranbir Kapoor. Vicky will also be sharing screen space with Bhumi Padneker in Bhoot which will be helmed by newcomer Bhanu Pratap Singh. While the film has almost completed shooting, there was some tension earlier regarding the title of horror flick.
Taking on the Bhoot title from Karan’s archenemy Ram Gopal Varma wasn’t an easy feat, considering the two have openly fought each other on Twitter in the past. Earlier, the filmmaker was even hesitant on approaching Ram; however, the rest of the team at Dharma Productions was adamant on acquiring the title. Karan then approached Ram to request taking over the title to which Ram surprisingly handed it over without creating a fuss. A source close to Karan also told, “It was a surprise, and generous of Ram and Karan intends to pay him back for the favour.” Karan’s Bhoot is all set to hit screens on November 15 this year.