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Siddharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt are set to co-star in “Aashiqui 3.” (Siddharth Malhotra/Instagram photo)

MUMBAI — Mahesh Bhatt, director of the original “Aashiqui” (1990) and his brother Mukesh Bhatt, executive producer of that film, were together the brains that conceived “Aashiqui 2”  in 2013 with producer Bhushan Kumar, son of Gulshan Kumar of T-Series, the original film’s producer.

To the oft-repeated query of when he will work with his daughter Alia Bhatt, Mahesh Bhatt had finally replied that he had approached Siddharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt for the third installment of the franchise, “Aashiqui 3.”

“Scripting is in progress, but it should be up and running next year. ‘Aashiqui 2’ had lots of love, angst and music. I’m looking forward to more this time,” Malhotra told a section of the Indian media. 

This quashed the widely-prevalent buzz that Hrithik Roshan was to do “Aashiqui 3.” However, the film is now being done by stars, unlike the first two that cast total newcomers and struggling actors, respectively.

However, to pass off as a singer, Malhotra will be taking singing lessons.

“Mohit (director Mohit Suri) wants me to sing one song,” the actor revealed, adding that learning to play the guitar was a prerequisite. “If I can match Alia’s singing talent, maybe we can sing a duet!” he stated. The two have recently co-starred in the hit “Kapoor and Sons.”

Deepika Padukone and Jacqueline Fernandez have also been on Malhotra’s wish list of co-stars, and Fernandez will be doing “Bang Bang 2.” The actor recalls her cracking jokes and sharing talks on fitness on the sets of “Brothers,” in which she was paired with Akshay Kumar.

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