Mumbai, Dec. 8 -- Karan Johar recently announced his next with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma. But according to sources, this was not the film he intended to make at this time.
Apparently, the film-maker was working on a mature love story with Aamir Khan in the lead, but had to give up the project when the actor pulled out of the film at the eleventh hour.
A senior actor from the film industry tells us, "Karan was working on a Partition film, which was his father's dream. He was considering Shah Rukh Khan for it. But since things are not that great between Karan and SRK anymore, that didn't work out. At the same time, Karan's growing proximity to Salman Khan, Aamir and Akshay Kumar is common knowledge."
Apparently, Aamir expressed his desire to work with Karan, but he didn't want to collaborate with the film-maker on the Partition story. "Aamir wanted to work with Karan on a completely new script," says an insider, adding, "Since Karan has never worked with Aamir before, he gave away the Partition script to Abhishek Varman, whose last film was 2 States. He then began working on a new script for Aamir, which was a mature love story."
However, it seems that things didn't go according to plan. "As the project was being developed, Aamir felt that he didn't want to do the film anymore, and informed Karan about his decision. Karan didn't know how to go about the project without Aamir as he was working on it keeping him in mind. So, Karan got a new idea for a film and decided to make that one instead. That is how the Ranbir- Aishwarya-Anushka film came into being," says the insider.