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Filmmaker Aanand L Rai‘s team said that news stories claiming that actor Kartik Aaryan was dropped from Rai’s upcoming film were false. The team said that they were still in talks with Aaryan.

News about Ayushmann Khurrana replacing Aaryan were baseless, a spokesperson of Rai’s production house Colour Yellow said. Khurrana was called for a meeting regarding a different project, the source said. “These are baseless rumours. We have met Kartik for a different film and we are still talking. We have approached Ayushmann for another film altogether. This is a complete mix-up,” the statement read.

Last week, it was reported that after being ousted from Karan Johar’s Dostana 2, Aaryan also lost out on Rai’s untitled project.

Talking to ETimes, Rai said that Aaryan had only come in for a discussion and nothing had been confirmed or signed yet. “There are so many actors who come to meet me, but that does not mean that he or she has been signed for my film,” Rai told ETimes.

The filmmaker was reportedly planning the Hindi remake of Tamil romantic comedy Kalyana Samayal Saadam with Aaryan. News of Aaryan and Rai working together was reported in February when the actor was seen entering the filmmaker’s office in Mumbai.

In April, Dharma Productions, the production company owned by filmmaker and producer Karan Johar, announced that they would be recasting their Hindi film Dostana 2, which originally starred Aaryan, Janhvi Kapoor, and Lakshya in the lead.

“Due to professional circumstances, on which we have decided to maintain a dignified silence, we will be recasting Dostana 2, directed by Collin D’Cunha. Please wait for the official announcement soon,” the statement read.

Recently, it was reported Aaryan had turned down a film titled Freddy produced by Shah Rukh Khan. While it was speculated that Aaryan dropped out as he wanted changes in the script, a source told Silverscreen India that nothing was confirmed with him yet and there was no agenda behind him leaving the project. The film, which is yet to be cast, will be directed by Ajay Bahl.

Meanwhile, Aaryan is set to make his digital debut with the streaming giant Netflix with the upcoming Hindi film Dhamaka, directed by Ram Madhvani. He will also be seen in Bhool Bulaiyaa 2, which is a sequel to the 2007 psychological horror comedy film Bhool Bhulaiyaa