Poonam Singh

Fans are eagerly waiting for the third installment of the Dulhania franchise. However, the new update about the movie has left Varia (Varun & Alia) enthusiasts in dismay as Alia Bhatt, one half of the beloved duo, stepped away from the iconic series.

After nearly a five-year hiatus, the prospect of Dulhania 3 had sparked immense excitement among fans, only to be disappointed upon learning that Alia would not be reprising her role opposite Varun Dhawan.

Reports from PeepingMoon suggest that Alia's absence in Dulhania 3 is attributed to her packed schedule in 2024, paving the way for Janhvi Kapoor to take on the role of "Dulhania" alongside Varun. 

The news of this unexpected casting switch has sparked mixed reactions on social media, with fans expressing unwillingness to accept any onscreen pairing other than the iconic Varia.

Here are some of the reactions of Varia loyalists:

Despite Shashank Khaitan helming the project and promising an intriguing reimagining of the franchise's essence, the unmatched onscreen chemistry between Varun and Alia has left fans to grapple with the inevitable challenge of accepting a fresh pairing in the cherished Dulhania franchise.