The Tiger Shroff starrer Heropanti 2 was released earlier this year with much fanfare. Sadly, it bombed at the box office due to poor word of mouth. Yet, all was not lost for him as he has two big films in his kitty, Ganapath and Bade Miyan Chote Miyan. Last month, Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions announced that they’ll be producing Screw Dheela, featuring Tiger. A grand announcement video was also launched, showing a scared Tiger Shroff being interrogated by goons. He initially pretends to be an innocent PT teacher. But suddenly he gets into action mode and attacks the baddies. Meanwhile, there have been reports that Rashmika Mandanna of Pushpa fame will play Tiger’s love interest in Screw Dheela. A few reports also mentioned that Shanaya Kapoor or Janhvi Kapoor might bag the part.
SCOOP: Tiger Shroff-starrer Screw Dheela put on the backburner due to high budget, unpredictable box office scenario, and average response to the announcement video
Bollywood Hungama has learned of a headline-grabbing development about this film. The source said, “Karan Johar and director Shashank Khaitan have decided to put the film on the backburner. There were multiple reasons for it. Firstly, the film is a big-scale action entertainer, and the budget was coming up to Rs. 150 crores. Meanwhile, the teaser didn’t really get the encouraging response that the makers were hoping for. Tiger’s Heropanti 2 was a disaster and it put a question mark on his pull at the ticket window. Lastly, the box office scenario is horrible right now, especially how Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha and Akshay Kumar’s Raksha Bandhan put up terrible numbers.”
The source continued, “Keeping all these factors in mind, it was felt by all the stakeholders that it’s not wise to take this film on floors right now. Screw Dheela is not shelved. The team hopes to visit this film later when the box office environment is conducive.”
For Shashank Khaitan, this is not the first time his film got pushed after a grand announcement. In February 2018, it was announced that he’ll be directing Rannbhoomi, starring Varun Dhawan. The film was later shelved. In August 2020, Shashank opened up on this film and said that Rannbhoomi needed a humongous budget due to world-class special effects. Hence, it was decided to not make the film at that point. Then he planned to make an espionage thriller with Varun and sadly, it never could see the light of the day.
Later, he was supposed to make a film titled Yoddha with Shahid Kapoor. It was shelved, citing pandemic restrictions. Though Karan Johar is producing a film titled Yodha, starring Sidharth Malhotra, it is said to be different from Shashank Khaitan’s film. Shashank is one of the producers of this film.
Shashank Khaitan was then going to direct Mr. Lele, starring Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani and Bhumi Pednekar. Varun also shot for a funny first look. The film was postponed and then was rechristened as Govinda Naam Mera. Varun Dhawan exited the film while Vicky Kaushal came on board.
Lastly, Shashank Khaitan was going to direct Bedhadak. It is intended to be Shanaya Kapoor’s debut. Gurfateh Pirzada and Lakshya Lalwani are also a part of the film’s cast. Multiple posters were launched by the makers in March 2020. As per the latest reports, its shoot has been postponed by a year and it’ll now go on floors in 2023.
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