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Did Shahid Kapoor just turn down Karan Johar’s Hindi remake of ‘Dear Comrade’?

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Karan Johar announced that he had bought the rights for the Hindi remake of ‘Dear Comrade’. The Telugu film released recently and it features ‘Arjun Reddy’ fame actor Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika Mandanna. Eventually, speculations of the leading cast started making the rounds.

Rumours were begging to emerge that the filmmaker might rope in ‘Dhadak’ duo Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter in main roles. However, Karan rubbished the rumours by tweeting, “All the best and big success to the team of #DearComradeOnJuly26th! Also a CLARIFICATION! No lead actors have been considered or approached for the film as yet! The planning for this lovely film is underway! (sic).

As per a report by Mumbai Mirror, Karan had offered the leading role to Shahid, who recently starred in blockbuster ‘Kabir Singh’, which is the Hindi remake of Vijay’s Telugu hit film ‘Arjun Reddy’. But Shahid declined the role as he was not keen to star in another remake of a Deverakonda starrer. To add to it, ‘Dear Comrade’ has not fared well at the box-office.

After garnering much appreciation in Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s ‘Kabir Singh’, which was a Hindi remake of ‘Arjun Reddy’, fans of Shahid Kapoor are waiting for the actor to announce his next project soon.

To buy the official rights of ‘Dear Comrade’, it was reported that KJo has shelled out a hefty money to secure the rights of the film. A source close to the development had told Bollywood Hungama, “Along with Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala, Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani and Vijay Galani were also bidding. But KJo got the rights as he agreed to pay Rs 6 crore. The other producers decided to back out on hearing this figure. Also, KJo has been friends with Vijay and that must have also helped. No remake rights of a South film have ever been sold for such an amount. Not even of commercial and family entertainers like Temper (remade as Simmba) or Muni 2: Kanchana (being remade as Laxmmi Bomb).

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