Hrithik, Ranveer, Salman, Deepika, Kareena, Varun, Alia…Phew!

Karan Johar’s  ambitious production Shhuddhi is making all kinds of news these days. After achieving a casting coup of getting in Bollywood’s hottest property Salman Khan for the film, KJo would have surely been disappointed when the Dabanng star walked out of the film last week. Now Varun Dhawan will be replacing him, and his Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya co-star, Alia Bhatt is cast opposite him.

The movie which is based on the themes of reincarnation, is directed by Karan Malhotra who did a wonderful job of successfully rebooting Agneepath with Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt and Priyanka Chopra. However, his second film is taking longer than unusual with the stars coming in and out of the film every couple of months. Let’s see all the star pairs who were considered to be a part of the film.

Hrithik Roshan – Kareena Kapoor


When it was first announced that Karan Malhotra would be working again with Duggu inShhuddhi and pair him with his K3G co-star, Kareena, fans were naturally excited. After all, they were going to get to see that much loved pair after so many years (I am trying to forget Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon and Yaadein ever existed!). However, at the start of 2014, Hrithik opted out of the film citing health and personal reasons, following his separation from Suzanne. There was also a rumour about Hrithik and KJo not agreeing on the profit sharing negotiations of the film. With Hrithik out, the project didn’t have any place for Kareena as well…

Ranveer Singh – Deepika Padukone


After Hrithik opted out, KJo set his eyes on the hottest package deal i.e. Ranveer-Deepika. The sizzling chemistry they showcased in Ram Leela left the audience wanting for more, and he wanted to exploit their natural endearing combo. However, before he could make his final move, Sanjay Leela Bhansali check-mated him and signed the pair for his magnum opus Bajirao Mastani, which required bulk dates from both actors. Since then, there had been a cold war going on between KJo and SLB, which ended only recently.

Salman Khan – Deepika Padukone


Karan always wanted to make a movie with Salman, after witnessing the crazy popularity wave the star is riding on. Even their fans wanted to see how this combo would work (Salman’s guest appearance in KKHH won’t count…). When Salman finally nodded yes to Shhuddhi, I am sure Karan Johar must have been over the moon for having bagged, currently, the most in-demand star in Bollywood. There was also talks that Deepika would be cast opposite the brawny actor for the first time. Deepika herself had stated many times that she would love to work with the actor. But last week had a new development that broke many Salman fans’s heart, as well as Karan’s –Salman walked out of the project. The reason being said was that Salman didn’t want to give long bulk dates for just one movie, when he can complete two films in that period. Some people state that the actual reason for his departure, was that Salman was unhappy with Karan’s involvement in the infamous AIB Roast, that made fun of Salman’s family (which was deleted in the final take.) Whatever the matter is, Salman is officially out of the film.

Varun Dhawan – Alia Bhatt


Strangely, it was Salman himself who announced his replacement, i.e. Varun Dhawan, through a cryptic tweet. Later, Karan confirmed the news while also stating that Alia Bhatt will be sharing screen with Varun, and the story will be tailored to suit the young actors. People have loved Varun-Alia combo in Student Of The Year and Humpty Sharma…, so it’s not a really weird choice. And since Salman himself has ‘blessed’ his young replacement, he won’t be getting much bad blood from Bhai‘s fans. We are just hoping for Karan’s sake that this will be the final casting change and the movie will start its shoot asap! However Salman fans need not fret, a birdie has told us that while he will not be playing the lead, Salman will be making a cameo appearance in the film!

Which pair would you have loved to see in the movie?