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July 23, 1990, Mahesh Bhatt’s directorial Aashiqui hit the theatres. The film that went on to become a runaway success, not only made music directors Nadeem-Shravan and singer Kumar Sanu famous, but also introduced two fresh faces Rahul Roy and Anu Agarwal to Bollywood. Twelve years later, the Bhatts are ready to create another Aashiqui, one of the most celebrated love stories of the Hindi cinema industry. And though a nationwide hunt has been launched to find the two new faces for the Mohit Suri directed project, Mirror has learnt that the Bhatts have already zeroed in on their male lead.
According to sources from the industry, Jackie Shroff’s son Tiger, who was initially going to be launched by Subhash Ghai and then rumoured to be introduced to filmdom by none other than Aamir Khan, will be the male lead in Mahesh Bhatt’s new-age Aashiqui. The project, reportedly based on Mahesh Bhatt’s first love, will have two male and two female actors.
Saying that they have already launched a nationwide hunt to look for newcomers to be cast in Aashiqui 2, Mahesh Bhatt told Mirror, “We will not select anyone till the newcomer does not filter through the process. So we have not finalised Tiger for the film.””
However, Bhatt did not deny the fact that he has indeed met the young actor. “We have met for something else. Film people meet film people. And then, Tiger is the son of a very dear friend Jackie. We met and discussed something. But nothing has been finalised yet.”
However, a source from the production house said, “Aashiqui 2 will have two leading pairs unlike the first. And Tiger is definitely one of them. The formalities need to be worked out. A massive publicity plan is being discussed for his launch. The contest that has been launched will only determine the other lead pair in the film. Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt are very keen on launching Tiger Shroff.”
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Source: Mumbai Mirror