Will Rashmika Mandanna be Kartik Aaryan’s co-star in Aashiqui 3? – Exclusive details – Times of India

The makers of Aashiqui 3 have not yet finalised any actress and a clarification was sent out to the media, too. But ETimes has learnt from credible sources that Shraddha Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Rashmika Mandanna are the top contenders to play the leading lady opposite Kartik Aaryan. The musical extravaganza is slated to go on the floor later this year.

It’s interesting to note that Deepika’s name has cropped up on multiple occasions before while being associated with past movies featuring Kartik Aaryan. But a concrete move hasn’t materialised, yet. Shraddha Kapoor played the leading lady in Aashiqui 2 opposite Aditya Roy Kapur, so whether she returns to the franchise or not, is going to be an interesting development. Other reports suggested that Kriti Sanon was also in the offing but ETimes sources have not confirmed it.

But, Rashmika and Kartik have recently shot a commercial for a chocolate brand and the onlookers have revealed that their pairing looks absolutely cute. It will be interesting to see if their pairing makes it to the final casting of Aashiqui 3.

Anurag Basu, who has worked with the Bhatts on Gangster and a couple of other projects as well, is directing Aashiqui 3. It now remains to be seen what kind of a love story he chalks out for modern audiences. Those in the know believe that Mahesh Bhatt’s absence from the project will only make the project more of a challenge for Basu and his team.

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