Hrithik-Kareena exits Shuddhi (older post updated)

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Shuddhi, directed by Karan Malhotra, was one of the most ambitious projects of Dharma Productions and was one of the most awaited films since it starred Hrithik and Kareena together after almost a decade. However, owing to Hrithik’s health issues, the film shooting schedule was postponed.

While recently Kareena hinted on opting out of the film, it is now Hrithik Roshan who has decided to quit the film. Talking about his exit, the actor released a statement recently saying, “Karan Malhotra and I have decided to unite in the most ambitious way post Shuddhi. For now I cannot allow a vision like Shuddhi to stagnate any further. I had the finest experience as an actor while working with Karan Malhotra in Agneepath and I’m sure both my dear Karans are going to go beyond with this one! Shuddhi remains a part of me in spirit & am sure it will be a landmark in our cinema. I wish them all the best!”

Currently, though rumours of Ranveer Singh and Ranbir Kapoor replacing the actor are doing the rounds along with Deepika Padukone being roped in as the new actress, nothing has been finalized.
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While on and off rumours about Kareena making a comeback with Hrithik were doing the rounds, looks like Karan Johar now is ready to put a full stop to all of it. Karan recently confirmed that Hrithik and Kareena are very much a part of the next Dharma Production venture, Shuddhi.

The film is said to be an intense love story with a reincarnation theme weaved in a dramatic form, while Karan Malhotra of Agneepath (2012) fame will helm the project. KJo believes that they are the right choice for the roles because he required actors who can bring the desired intensity among them.

Also, the most interesting part is that Hrithik and Kareena will be seen sharing the screen space after more than a decade. Though the shoot of the film is yet to begin, it is slated for release in October next year.
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There has been a lot of speculation over Hrithik Roshan’s next – Kabir Khan’s yet-to-be- titled film or Shekhar Kapur’s ‘Paani’ or Karan Malhotra’s next. It’s official now: Karan Malhotra has won the race. The film will be titled ‘Shuddhi’ (which means purification).

Hrithik signed the film on Sunday. To be produced by Karan Johar, Shuddhi will have three main characters. The heroine and the villain are yet to be decided. Malhotra’s previous film, the remake of Agneepath, also starred Hrithik.

A source close to Karan said: “Karan and Hrithik had a long meeting last week. Hrithik went through the script at length and then signed on the dotted line. Contrary to rumours, the film is not based on Amish Tripathi’s novel The Immortals Of Meluha.”

When contacted, Malhotra told TOI: “Yes, my next film, Shuddhi, will star Hrithik. It’s a very complex role. Apart from the hero, the film has a strong villainous character.”

Malhotra will put the film on floors in November this year. “We will be shooting most portions in Mumbai and Uttarakhand. We are aiming for a Diwali 2014 release,” he added.

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49 Responses to “Hrithik-Kareena exits Shuddhi (older post updated)”

  1. Paani had ceased to be an option for some time anyway. Think Shekhar Kapur now wants a newcomer for the film. That is if the film ever gets made!

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    • But here it says that Hrithik has signed Paani as well as Bang Bang-

      “Though Hrithik has signed Siddharth Anand’s Knight & Day remake and Shekhar Kapur’s Paani, we now also have confirmed news that he will start off with Karan Johar’s film later this year.”

      http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/celebrities/news/type/view/sort/What%27s_New/id/1751631

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      • Don’t think that’s true. In fact Hrithik’s name has faded from the Paani story except that the connection crops up in these sorts of ‘puff’ pieces where the (SRK-like) narrative usually is ‘Hrithik had a choice between Scorsese and Karan Malhotra and finally decided on the latter’ or ‘he has signed up with Chris Nolan and Hirani but is starting Bang Bang first’! Notice how Hrithik now rivals SRK for the most number of truly prestigious films rejected!

        Of course I think it’s better for him not to be associated with Paani because the probability of this film beginning is low and of being completely even lower! It could also be that he did sign it but that the film has since just been stalled. But I doubt it.

        On a more general note though a lot of the pieces that appear in the media are really fake pieces in the sense that even when the story itself is true a lot of the editorial commentary isn’t. Similarly a lot of the factual details reported are also the stuff of fiction. Stars actively intervene in these writeups and not just the top ones. Relatively few exceptions to this. The way things gets reported in the Bombay film media 90% (of all stories) is questionable either because it’s completely false or because it is true only in parts.

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  2. one KJO signs Hritik again, two he is aiming for Diwali release……this is like double panga with SRK..kuch toh gadbad hai dono key beech…….

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    • Think SRK has also been less interested in Johar’s usual stuff for for a while. But it’s also because when it’s SRK Johar comes up with boring stuff that never works but here with Hrithik he lets the market do the talking. I’ve felt for a long time that Johar was actually harmful for SRK inasmuch as he could never be dispassionate enough in this equation to make the right decisions. And we see now how over two films (KANK and MNIK) he’s really relied on the overseas gross. The films have been poor in India.

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    • KJO Is the producer here…..like agnipath

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      • yes Johar can never bring himself to direct a film without SRK. Of course he also can’t bring himself to do something regular with the latter. And so it’s the worst of both worlds because SRK doesn’t in general have the credibility for some of these projects but even more important Johar doesn’t. Most crucially Johar doesn’t even believe in this stuff and so when he makes such films the cynicism really comes through. It’s actually fairly remarkable that these two big names of the Yashraj universe (including Aditya chopra) have more or less over time disabled themselves as directors. They’ve become important production names and so on but first it was Aditya Chopra who literally reached a dead-end after Mohabbatein and who returned years later for RNBDJ (which seemed more designed to produce a quick success than anything else) and then Johar who’s not had a big day as a director since K3G! As a producer though (and even perversely with RNBDJ) Aditya Chopra has at least shown a direction by and large. An inclination to do the somewhat more rooted (at least by the plastic standards of Yashraj) more often than not. Johar meanwhile has been much cynical. The films he believes in don’t have as much currency anymore so he does smaller versions of the same with Ranbir or Imran or whoever. But lacking the big blockbuster moment he came upon the Agneepath idea and looks like he’s now trying to recreate something similar with this new Hrithik film. Masala is in vogue, you take Hrithik, you get the right actress and soundtrack, there are enough frills for a big initial, no one cares about trending anymore. So he gets the sort of bang he cannot from the MNIK-like deal with SRK. With Aditya Chopra I can at least surmise that he lacks good writers, if he did get them he could have a very viable or even worthwhile cinema as producer. Johar’s though is the purely cynical decision. Not to overestimate Aditya Chopra, his house did bring out ‘gems’ like RNBDJ and JTHJ (!), but he does seem to have larger impulses towards the more rooted that don’t just seem to be about the larger trends. But to get to the essential point here both he and Johar seem pretty dead as directors. And in some ways it’s also not surprising. It’s an index of their mediocrity. They really just had a couple of films in them, that too not challenging works in any sense, and that was it!

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  3. “yes Johar can never bring himself to direct a film without SRK. Of course he also canโ€™t bring himself to do something regular with the latter”— haha well said– kjo loses his ‘objectivity’ with srk (4 reasons other than film making) lol
    Ps: is this the agneepath director–who’s the heroine

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  4. Micheal D Souza Says:

    Hrithik and Karan Malhotra can recreate the magic of Agneepath again here.Karan Johar is doing right thing by bringing both of them on the board.

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  5. Karan showed some promise in Agnipath tho overall movie had none of the impact of the original. And, Hrithik’s characterisation was meh!

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  6. Micheal D Souza Says:

    He directed remake of Agneepath with honestly and with a lot of maturity that was needed from him as a director.Though burden of the original was definitely there but he held his nerves quite well and delivered a successful film.

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  7. Sanjay Dutt’s character and make up were the most offensive part in the new Agneepath…

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    • From the trailer itself (I boycotted the film) I had grave reservations about this sort of thing. We see this trend in films as diverse as Kurbaan, even Sarkaar, where the character bearing marks of traditional religiosity is in fact sinister — whereas the “unmarked” character who is Westernised in appearance and dress is the good character. And they’re equal opportunity when it comes to religion: Hindu or Muslim, some contemporary Hindi film makers seem to find nothing more threateningly “other” than the traditional Indian modes…

      Sanju had fantastic screen presence in the trailers, but the ideological shift — suave gangster in a suit had become Guta-spouting maniac — is telling…

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      • Great comment Q. Having said if one for a moment forgets that this is a remake of Agneepath the film is engrossing enough and can definitely be seen in theatre (it’s pretty strong visually).

        Aside Sudeep (Rann) is currently doing a Kannada film titled Bachchan which is based on the Angry Young Man character. The teaser has been out for quite some time. Looking forward to it

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        • I actually found the film even divorced from the original’s shadow to be kind of boring and downright awkward in Hrithik’s performance; said this elsewhere but I’ve never seen a cold-blooded gangster cry this much on screen!

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          • I will say though that the initial trailer to the Agneepath remake was one of the most arresting ones to come out of Hindi cinema in recent times. Malhotra may have a better film in him but I’m not as convinced of this on the merit of his first movie.

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          • yes that was a good trailer.

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          • Re: “Iโ€™ve never seen a cold-blooded gangster cry this much on screen!”

            …or, I’ll wager, quiver.

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  8. Will dissect the new agneepath later but need to opine that
    THIS fight scene was quite good
    I enjoyed it and after a while a hand to hand combat portrayed with intensity and real power
    Hahahah yaiy

    Ps : it was childish but enjoyed it when hr literally lifts dutt and throws him away in the end –the kid in me loved it

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  9. Ok guys–let’s get the beer mugs ready ….
    Take your preferred seats.
    Here comes the mother of all recent item numbers


    Ps: I feel like sitting in Hritiks seat lol
    Actually dutts good here and brings out the ‘menace’ well…

    Ps2 : good ‘dancing skills’ by katrina–need to take lessons from her

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  10. Katrina OWNS this track
    The fitness levels noteworthy
    And ‘devotion’ to her ‘craft’
    Check out the ‘dedication’ (& the fluctuating facial Botox!)

    Ps: also the ‘interaction’ btw dutt and hr here is good
    This director knows this sort of film deal

    As for the film–it was vulgar, crass and manipulative (but who cares in a world where tarantinos are worshipped !)

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  11. Hahah poor Di should run away ๐Ÿ™‚
    When guys are in this sort of mood with beer mugs in hands and dancing to katrinas beats, she better …
    C’mon Satyam –will leave u to groove to the beat
    Ps: note that these sort of ‘ethnic/folkish’ steps don’t come naturally to Kat & although they are quite crass, she ‘pulls em’ thru

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  12. Any clue about a possible budget?

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  13. Omg—I thought Kareena had retired!!!!
    How come she’s in this film? Lemme think..
    Apparently Kareena had a (purely physical!) fling with hritk in their ‘yaadein’ days (& nights)
    Knowing kjos mind, he’s trying to create a ranbir-deepika thing (as in yjhd) here ..

    Anyhow it will give poor Saif a welcome relief/break in life!!!
    As for hritik…he will get a break from a coke-addict & think he’s thinking (‘purely physical’ again) ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Shuddhi would have been another blood and gore thing. good that Hrithik opted out.

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  15. Oh wow: that’s good news—no Kareena…

    Good riddance from Kareena !! –yippee…whatta a relief man.

    Seems hritik has been listening /reading my advice …

    Hritiks ‘leftover’ films will help the careers of ranveer (shudh I?) and paani (sushant)– both reasonable choices…

    Good point by sanju–hr should look after his health as of now (& stay away from hyper irritants like Kareena!)

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  16. Its Ranveer Singh and probably Deepika in this.

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    • what’s he referring to? Is Varun Dhawan now doing the film?

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      • omrocky786 Says:

        Karan Johar @karanjohar
        ยท 6h 6 hours ago
        And finally..SHUDDHI starring VARUN DHAWAN and ALIA BHATT…directed by KARAN MALHOTRA..@Varun_dvn @aliaa08 @karanmalhotra21 @DharmaMovies

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      • Yes, one more of my comment is waiting in moderation.. which confirmed that.

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      • Yep Varun and Alia Bhatt are in Shuddhi now.
        Looks like Diwali 2016 is free.

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        • God help us..

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          • IMO Varun is the best young talent in the industry. I like this casting. And the director will not make a candy floss movie so this is also a good departure for Varun in the Badlapur mould.

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          • I actually find him somewhat appalling.. he’s alright in certain outings (usually comic ones though even here he’s far too obvious.. has the timing but not the skill set to go with it..) but I’ve certainly not spotted the talent you have in him so far (found him very poor in Badlapur)! If there is a contest for offensiveness he’d be on that list for me along with Ranveer Singh. No danger of Emran Hashmi being unseated anytime soon though!

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          • omrocky786 Says:

            LOL..
            I disliked Ranveer Singh in BBB and in Ladies Vs Ricki, but liked him in Ram Leela ,,,and his performance at the India Today Conclave was pretty good too.
            The AIB crap brought him down quite a few levels though !!

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          • To be honest I find almost every new gen actor appalling in one way another. Ranveer, Sidharth, and Arjun Kapoor are offensive in all roles. Varun is great in the Main Tera Hero type roles but sucked in the emotional scenes in humpty sharma and the aged character in badlapur. Shahid and Ranbir I think are good in everything except Action where they’re unconvincing. The less said about emraan hashmi the better

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          • yes more or less agree here..

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        • Varun Dhawan is very good in comedy roles and he did great job in Humpty sharma. He has natural flair for comedy and lighter roles. But with the experiments like Badlapur, he’ll start opening his range. He will never be great actor or even like Ranbir but he’s good enough to survive long. He completely surprised after this 1st movie and appears to be for long run actor in the industry.

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  18. ***LOL. Time clearly moves slowly whether it is movies or the shoot itself for Gowariker. No wonder his movies never have a sense of time and go on and on…..The great son Roshan was caught tweeting an utterly insignificant internet buzz from February in May!!***

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    Time clearly moves very slow on the sets of Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro. Or so his leading man Hrithik Roshan will have you believe.

    In the constantly-changing Internet age, where a fad comes and goes in seconds, Roshan tweeted a picture of The Dress that had gone viral three months ago.

    Hrithik tweeted: ‘White and gold ? Or blue and black? Ask around.’

    The correct answer surfaced in time (it’s blue and black, for those living under the rock!) with explanations for the bizarre colour disparity as seen by several people — it’s got something to do with colour perception and lighting.

    While we aren’t really fans of the fine art of trolling, we’d like to advice Hrithik to get with it already.

    You’ve been using Twitter for years for crying out loud!

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