The unpredictability at the box-office and some big films failing has led to some mega projects being shelved. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Karna, which had superstar Surya in the title role alongside Janhvi Kapoor who was to play Draupadi has been shelved according to sources. The film’s entire cast was locked, including Ali Fazal, Vijay Verma and Avinash Tiwari. This was supposed to be a big pan-India project produced by Excel Entertainment. The budget of Karna was approximately Rs. 350 crore, of which Rs. 15 crore is already spent on pre-production and look tests.

SCOOP: Superstar Surya and Janhvi Kapoor's Rs. 350 crore mythological epic Karna shelved?

SCOOP: Superstar Surya and Janhvi Kapoor’s Rs. 350 crore mythological epic Karna shelved?

A source told Bollywood Hungama, “Though many are told that the film is being pushed but the HODs of various departments have been told that the film is cancelled, which is very sad for many of us who were looking forward to working on this big project.”

Karna was a dream project for the Rang De Basanti director and for Excel Entertainment, the actors too were banking on this mythological project which would be heavy on special effects and world-class post-production. The film was to be released in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and other languages as well.

This news of a big film being shelved has sent shockwaves in the industry. The cast is now moving on to other projects after getting some hints that this film will not be made.

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