Karan Johar, on Thursday, took the Internet by storm after he made an announcement about the third lead in Dostana 2, a newbie named Lakshya. The filmmaker finally put to rest all speculations of bringing forward some established face or a star kid by introducing Lakshya to the world of cinema. However, unaware of the fact that the actor has no filmi connections, trollers began slamming Karan for giving the plum role to a person affiliated to the cinema. Calling Lakshya a product of 'nepotism', people flooded the filmmaker's account with queries such as ‘who is this star kid’ and 'what are his film industry connections'.
Soon after this news spread like wildfire and in order to shut nepotism calls, Karan came out with a clarification on his Twitter account. In the clarification, he said Lakshya went through proper auditions for the role and doesn't have any connection in films. He also added that Yash Raj Films' casting director Shanoo Sharma played the catalyst between Karan and Lakshya. "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," Karan wrote.
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 https://t.co/47i6k0FSFe
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) September 5, 2019
For those who are finding Lakshya's name familiar, then let us inform you that he is the actor who was last seen in Sony TV's historical drama Porus. Formerly known as Laksh Lalvani, the actor, before beginning his journey into films, got it changed to Lakshya.
Speaking of Dostana 2, it is directed by Collin D’Cunha, who will also make his Bollywood debut as a director. The film is the sequel to the Tarun Mansukhani directorial by the same name and will star Janhvi Kapoor and Kartik Aaryan in the lead roles. The previous film had Priyanka Chopra Jonas, John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan in the central roles and revolves around a pretentious gay love story.