Bhushan Kumar prepares to carry on the legacy of Father Gulshan Kumar with new installments of 'Aashiqui' and 'Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin'

On July 23, 1990, Gulshan Kumar The romantic musical 'Aashiqui' premiered in theaters, featuring debutants Rahul Roy and Anu Agarwal, whose faces, through promotions, had been hidden behind a jacket. They became stars overnight and the film is still remembered for the music of Nadeem-Shravan.

A sequel followed in 2013, with the original director, Mahesh Bhatt , joining hands with Gulshan Kumar’s son Bhushan to produce it. Bhatt’s nephew Mohit Suri was at the helm and ' Aashiqui 2 'relaunched the careers of Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur .

There have been talks of 'Aashiqui 3' ever since. Bhatt, who was to produce the film with Bhushan, confirmed to that the franchise was returning. He admitted that his daughter Alia and her then beau Sidharth Malhotra had been approached, but added that they hadn’t signed the contract.

A month later (April 11), Sidharth informed that scripting was in progress and the film would be up and running by the next year. “'Aashiqui 3' has lots of angst, love and music… Mohit wants me to sing. Maybe Alia and I can sing a duet, that’d be a first for an actor and an actress who debuted together,” he’d laughed.

However, soon after, there were rumours that Alia had lost interest in the project. In August, 2017, she took to Twitter to rubbish them, describing 'Aashiqui' as a “special brand” and saying working with her father for the first time was “equally special”.

Three years later, discussions on 'Part 3' are underway. 'Aashiqui' is special to Bhushan as it is among the most successful romantic franchises. Like the previous two films, this will also be a musical, with an intense love story as the backdrop, revealed one source.

That’s not all. The producer and his team also want to take forward another Mahesh Bhatt directorial, 'Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin'. The 1991 romcom, featuring Aamir Khan and Pooja Bhatt, was a box-office success, and like 'Aashiqui', had unforgettable music. “It’s another simplistic musical love story, a genre that has taken a backseat. Both films will take off when things get back to normal,” the source said.

Bhushan confirmed the news, saying, “Yes, 'Aashiqui' and 'Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin' are great franchises to take forward. Both films were big hits back in the day and it’s a great responsibility to carry my father’s legacy forward.”