Reports in a section of the press suggesting that Ishaan Khattar was the original choice for Student Of The Year is, according to a source close to Karan Johar, not only an insult to Ishaan and Tiger Shroff but also to Karan’s casting acumen.
The reports suggest that Karan couldn’t cast Ishaan in Student Of The Year2 as the film’s leading lady Tara Sutariaand Ishaan were ex-lovers.
Karan is doubling over in amusement at that speculative report.
Says a close friend of Karan, “Firstly, the ‘ex’ factor never decides Karan’s actors. He would’ve not hesitated to castIshaan and Tara together, no matter what their history. However, Tara was nowhere on the scene when the leading man was being cast for Student Of The Year 2. Tiger Shroff was the first actor to be cast for the film. The sequel’s script was designed with Tiger in mind. The two leading ladies Ananya Pandey and Tara Sutaria came in much later. It was always Tiger for Student Of The Year 2 and Ishaan Khattar for Dhadak. Ishaan was the first to be cast in Dhadak. For the leading lady, it was a toss-up between Janhvi Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan. When Sara opted for Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath it was, Janhvi was the final choice.”
Hope this put all speculation to rest.