Dismissing the recent rumors surrounding the female lead for the proposed third installment of the successful Aashiqui franchise, producer Mukesh Bhatt expressed his frustration, stating, “Every week, I encounter a new leading lady’s name. It has become a tiresome and repetitive joke.”
Addressing the speculation about Tara Sutaria being the frontrunner, Bhatt clarified, “It is absolute nonsense. There is not even an iota of truth in this. She is not even under consideration. Let me share the truth with you—no girl will be considered for the role until my music is ready. The songs were the stars of the first and second Aashiqui. This franchise doesn’t need a star. We are glad to have a star this time (Kartik Aaryan). But the rest is entirely up to the music,” expressing bewilderment about the origin of these rumors.
Curious about the source of these speculations, Bhatt questioned, “Do you have any idea who is spreading these rumors? I am making it clear once and for all that Aashiqui is my franchise. I will make it the way I want to and with the team I wish. When I am ready to go on the floors with Aashiqui 3, if Anurag Basu still wants to direct the film, fine. Otherwise, we will get someone else.