Kartik Aaryan replacing Akshay Kumar in Hera Pheri, Abhishek Bachchan joining YRF’s spy universe: Baseless rumours around Bollywood films – #BigStory
Many delays later, production began last week on the third installment of the Hera Pheri franchise, a cult comedy series from Bollywood. In a major twist, Akshay Kumar, not Kartik Aaryan, starred in the film’s promotional video alongside Paresh Rawal and Suniel Shetty. If you haven’t been keeping up with the rumours, Akshay had rejected the script and Kartik was on the point of signing the dotted line. A further unexpected turn of events was the replacement of Anees Bazmee as Hera Pheri 3’s director with Farhad Samji. Last-minute cast and crew changes have been the subject of persistent rumours. The film industry is no stranger to rumours and speculation, and this is not the first time (or the last) that this has happened.
Kartik was rumoured to have replaced Akshay Kumar in the Housefull franchise as he basked in the glory of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’s popularity. Without wasting any time, the actor dismissed the reports as unfounded rumours. “Where can I get someone to take my picture if you don’t want to? Baseless. (Does no one care to know the title of my next movie?) “His tweets reflected his current mood.
This week also saw the announcement that Dhoom’s Jai Dixit, Abhishek Bachchan, would be joining the YRF’s spy universe espionage world alongside Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, and Hrithik Roshan. Sources indicated that Aditya Chopra will never merge the two since he aims to grow them individually, proving the reports to be nothing more than speculation. Clearly, the world of the super spies in the espionage universe is vastly different from the world of the anti-establishment anti-heroes in Dhoom. It’s highly unlikely that those two universes will ever collide.
Soon after Urvashi Rautela’s Instagram photo sparked speculation that she would be joining the cast of Rishab Shetty’s Kantara 2, a source with knowledge of the film’s production dispelled the rumours. Unfortunately, Urvashi’s caption “#KANTARA 2 @rishabshettyofficial @hombalefilms loading #RS” is to blame in this instance. It so happened that the actress was in the same building as Rishab Shetty, so she approached him, asked to take a picture with him, and he kindly obliged.
Kartik appears to be the darling of scandal. He also gained notoriety due to unfounded rumours following Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’s box office success. There were rumours that Kartik had increased his rates after his latest film broke the pandemic’s box office drought in Hindi. The rumours stopped spreading after he tweeted an explanation and producer Bhushan Kumar denied them. Kumar, who is also supporting Kartik in his upcoming film Shehzada, said that the actor is very down-to-earth and not motivated by money.
Tiger Shroff, who worked with Karan Johar on the much-talked-about project Screw Dheela, was also the target of a similar rumour. There were reports that the movie was scrapped because KJo and Tiger couldn’t come to terms on Tiger’s reported 30-crore-Rupee salary demand. According to a source close to the project, this rumour, like all the others before it, is completely false.
Karan Johar’s next film, Takht, has been in development hell for a long time, giving rise to a slew of rumours. According to the rumours, KJo and LYCA Productions had been in negotiations, but the agreement was reportedly scrapped because the parties involved were unable to come to terms. KJo tweeted an emphatic denial of the speculation. “The rumours and false reports circulating online about the purchase of Takht need to stop immediately. I’d like to make a plea to the news media: please stop reporting false information and devote your attention to the more pressing problems facing our country “A piece was penned by him.
In the wake of the trailer launch for Adipurush, many viewers assumed that Kriti Sanon and Prabhas were a couple due to their sizzling on-screen chemistry. Many users are certain the couple is romantically involved and even married. Kriti set the record straight, saying that rumours to such effect are completely false. Instagram post: “Its neither Pyaar, nor PR,” she wrote to dispel the rumours. On a recent episode of a reality show, our Bhediya got a little out of hand. Some Howl-arious rumours were spawned by his humorous banter. Let me be the one to blow your bubble before some website publishes my wedding date. Absolutely, positively, zero truth to these rumours!
In today’s #BigStory, we investigate where these rumours come from, what motivates rumour mongers, how the practise of “planting” rumours for the sake of publicity works, how this affects the project, and how its creators respond to such unfounded rumours. Have a look at what follows.