Salman Khan, who was initially signed by Karan Johar’s project ‘Shhuddhi‘, won’t be doing the film anymore. Filmmaker Karan Johar tweeted yesterday that Karan Malhotra’s next, Shhuddhi will now star Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. The decision to replace Salman with Varun seems clearly due to Salman’s pending court cases.

KJo tweeted saying, “And finally..SHUDDHI starring VARUN DHAWAN and ALIA BHATT…directed by KARAN MALHOTRA..@Varun_dvn @aliaa08 @karanmalhotra21 @DharmaMovies”

Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Karan Johar and Varun Dhawan
Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Karan Johar and Varun Dhawan

This will be the third outing for the pair after ‘Student of the Year‘ and ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania‘. Co-incidentally, it is also the third outing for the producer-director duo. Karan Malhotra starts work on the film immediately after Brothers, slated to release on Aug 14th. The director has also made the blockbuster film Agneepath under Dharma Productions.

Salman, immediately congratulated Varun on Twitter, “Kamaal karte ho Varun Dhawan…made ur dad n me so proud of u… happy Shhuddhi“. On which Varunn responded saying, “Thank you Bhai @BeingSalmanKhan I promise to make you proud #shuddhi

Watch this space for more announcements of the film here!

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