By Line: Shivendra Pandey
The upcoming film, “Dostana 2”, will star Kartik Aryan and Janhvi Kapoor, in its lead roles. A lot of rumors were created, regarding the choice of star cast of the film, but now everything is clear. Karan Johar(producer of the film), is all set to launch the new director “Collin D’Cunha”. He was the first assistant director in many films like Sanju and Secret Superstar etc. “I am excited to take the Dostana franchise forward with Kartik and Janhvi, and can’t wait to create some desi boy-girl madness with them.”
“This is Dharma Productions’ (his banner) first film with Kartik and we are looking forward to working with him. We will also be introducing a new male lead, who will join the incredible talent at our production house. Collin D’Cunha also makes his directorial debut with ‘Dostana 2’.”, Karan Johar expressed.
Karan Johar tweeted a motion poster of Dostana 2 featuring Kartik Aryan and Janhvi Kapoor.
The film is the first association between Kartik and Janhvi, and everyone is super excited to see them in unison, on-screen. The film will also be having a surprise of the new comer, which will be there in triangular-romantic comedy. Janhvi Kapoor made her acting debut in the film “Dhadak”, and made everyone spell-bound, by her commendable performance. Kartik Ayran made her debut from the film”Pyaar Ka Punchnama(2011), and became a hit-actor after his movie, “Lukka Chuppi”.
Dostana is a 2008 Indian romantic comedy film directed by Tarun Mansukhani and produced by Karan Johar and Hiroo Yash Johar. The film stars Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, and Priyanka Chopra, with Bobby Deol, Kirron Kher, Sushmita Mukherjee and Boman Irani in supporting roles. Dostana tells the story of two men who pretend to be gay to share an apartment with a girl; eventually, both fall in love with her. Mansukhani conceived the film as a tale of three friends living together, drawing inspiration by his own experience. Wanting to add something different to the script, he later decided to introduce homosexuality (which he thought was unexplored by Bollywood) to shed light on the issue for the Indian audience.
Manish Malhotra designed Chopra’s costumes, and Aki Narula designed costumes for the rest of the cast. The soundtrack was composed by Vishal–Shekhar and Anvita Dutt Guptan; Kumaar and Vishal Dadlani wrote its lyrics. Principal photography took place in Miami, Florida over a two-month period in the first half of 2008. Dostana was the first mainstream Indian film with a gay element and has been credited for exploring a topic largely ignored by Hindi cinema. The film was released on 14 November 2008 to positive reviews, with praise for its performances, direction, music, costumes, and style.
A box-office success, Dostana grossed over ₹871 million, becoming the eighth-highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year. Dostana received nine nominations for the 54th Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Actor (Bachchan), and Best Music Director. The film was influential in creating fashion trends in India, with Chopra’s silver sari (worn in the song “Desi Girl”) becoming popular. Abraham’s yellow trunks, Chopra’s golden swimsuit, and the actors’ looks and style received considerable attention and were popular with youngsters.
Dostana is regarded as one of the most stylish and trend-setting of Indian films, with Filmfare ranking it first in a 2013 poll. Dostana 2 is organically held with high expectations for its performance and hereby, we wish all the best to the team of Dostana 2, for its future success.