Has Karan Johar shelved his magnum opus ‘Takht’?

After ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, Karan Johar was supposed to take over the directorial reins once again for his upcoming period film, ‘Takht’. However, the filmmaker has now announced ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’ as his next directorial venture. Does that mean ‘Takht’ has been put on the back burner for now?

A source told Filmfare, “Takht made no sense in the present context. It was meant to be an expensive historical costume drama, a collaboration between Karan Johar’s Dharma Production and Fox-Star. But Fox-star folded up and its replacement has been re-examining its long-standing relationship with Dharma Productions. Also, it was based on rather controversial Moghul history. Besides this, given the financial pitfalls Karan Johar has decided to shelve Takht and do a light-hearted romantic family film.”

The director’s period drama boasted of an ensemble star cast that included Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Janhvi and Anil Kapoor in lead roles. The film was based on the history of Mughals in India, telling the story of Aurangzeb and Dara Shikoh.

Karan Johar will now be concentrating on ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’ which brings back the ‘Gully Boy’ jodi Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh.

Taking to his social media handles, Karan shared a teaser video for Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, which is peppy and sets the mood for the flamboyant story. He wrote, “Thrilled to get behind the lens with my favourite people in front of it! Presenting Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, headlined by none other than Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt and written by Ishita Moitra, Shashank Khaitan & Sumit Roy. This anokhi kahani is coming to your screens in 2022! #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani #RRKPK.”

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The film also includes a stellar cast of Bollywood veterans Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi. Written by Ishita Moitra, Shashank Khaitan and Sumit Roy, ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’ will be released in 2022.

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