Rajkummar Rao to Replace Abhishek Bachchan in Dostana 2?

Rajkummar Rao to Replace Abhishek Bachchan in Dostana 2?

Rumours have been rife suggesting that Rajkummar Rao has been roped in to play the lead in the sequel to Karan Johar’s 2008 movie Dostana
Rajkummar Rao to Replace Abhishek Bachchan in Dostana 2?
Rajkummar Rao and still from Dostana

The movie Dostana starred Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra. The story followed two straight men who pretend to be a gay couple to rent an apartment. Both the guys end up falling for the same woman – whose house they live in. The movie also featured Bobby Deol in a cameo to play the boss and love interest of Priyanka. Reportedly Dostana 2 tells a love story of a gay couple – and Rajkumar has been cast to play one of them. This story is speculated to show two gay men pretending to be straight. 

The Dharma Productions is on the look out for the second lead in the movie. The film is expected to go on the floors by next year but the sequel will not be directed by Tarun Mansukhani who helmed the first film. Reportedly, Karan did not like the draft brought on by Mansukhani and instead gave the project to Colin D’Cunha who worked as a former assistant director to Rajkumar Hirani in Sanju and Advait Chandan in Secret Superstar.

The news about Rajkumar being offered the role first started doing the rounds in October 2018. There were also reports that Janhvi Kapoor and Sidhart Malhotra had been roped in to play the lead along side John. But Karan shot down the rumours in a tweet. 

“For the record.....NO ONE has been officially approached for DOSTANA 2!!!! Some thoughts and ideas are underway but nothing official has moved......”

Meanwhile, it looks like Rajkummar dropped out of the gay love story titled Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. The movie also cast Ayushmann Khurrana. It was reported that the Ek Ladki ko Dekha To Aisa Laga actor declined the role. The filmmakers then after offered it to Jitendra Kumar who will now play the love interest of Ayushmann.