Not just because of COVID which has applied brakes to almost everything, but we hear it is being discussed by the makers that ‘Aankhen 2’ might not happen at all, or if it happens, there might be drastic changes in the cast. The film was supposed to be produced by Tarun Agarwal of Rajtaru Studios, in association with Eros International.
The original plan to set the second part rolling was with Amitabh Bachchan and Anil Kapoor, but it was later being put in place with Saif Ali Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez headlining it. Post that, the film was again taken to Big B but with a new entrant– Kartik Aaryan.
A source says, “The stage for the second part of ‘Aankhen’ has often been set but some or the other issues crops up. Currently, it’s all very fluid on the ‘Aankhen 2’ front. The shoot was supposed to begin on May 20, 2021. Of course, the current lockdown has turned the applecart of many films. But here, there’s some other reason. This time out, it is still not clear why the film has been put at the back burner and it is even being thought that if and when it goes on floors, many of the actors who had confirmed and committed to it, at least in the beginning, might be changed. Actually, now it is most likely that a thriller will be made by these makers and Big B and Sidharth will be a part of it, but it will not have anything to do with ‘Aankhen’.”
Eros International chose to not comment on this.
Meanwhile, ETimes also has it that Abhinav Deo (of ‘Delhi Belly’ fame) who was supposed to direct it is now busy with OTT shows.
Released in 2002, ‘Aankhen’ starred Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Paresh Rawal, and Sushmita Sen in main roles. The film was directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, who was also one of the producers.