In a long-awaited revelation, the multi-talented actor-director-producer Farhan Akhtar has finally addressed the speculation surrounding his decision to cast Ranveer Singh in Don 3, replacing the iconic Shah Rukh Khan. This move has stirred quite a buzz in the world of Bollywood, as Farhan Akhtar opens up about this pivotal casting decision.
A Journey Through Don’s Legacy
Back in 2006, Farhan Akhtar took on the directorial challenge of remaking Amitabh Bachchan’s timeless classic, “Don,” with none other than Shah Rukh Khan stepping into the shoes of the suave gangster. Their collaboration continued in 2011 with “Don 2.” These films added a modern twist to the legendary character of Don, captivating audiences once more.
The Long-Awaited Announcement
After a 12-year hiatus since “Don 2,” fans were thrilled when Farhan Akhtar finally announced the third installment of this action-packed franchise, “Don 3.” However, the surprise twist came when it was revealed that Ranveer Singh would be taking on the role of the notorious gangster. SRK fans expressed their discontent, longing for the return of their beloved Don.
About Replacing SRK from Don 3
Amidst the fan uproar, Farhan Akhtar decided to set the record straight. In an exclusive interview with Variety, he clarified that he had not “replaced” Shah Rukh Khan but rather parted ways amicably due to creative differences. Farhan elaborated, stating, “I’m not in the position of replacing anybody. These are things that we discussed over the years, I wanted to take a certain direction with the story, but somehow we just couldn’t find common ground. We just parted mutually knowing that it’s probably for the best. So that’s where it is.”
The Exciting Addition of Ranveer Singh
Addressing Ranveer Singh’s addition to the Don franchise, Farhan expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “I’m really excited Ranveer’s on board. He’s so charged and so ready to go. It’s a big film, just purely from the point of view of an actor, it’s a big thing to do, and we’re really excited to have him on board. His energy is energizing us, so to speak.”
A New Era for Don
Before the release of the Don 3 announcement promo, Farhan Akhtar took to Instagram to issue a statement about the film. The statement reflected on the legacy of Don, beginning with Amitabh Bachchan’s portrayal in 1978 and Shah Rukh Khan’s charismatic take in 2006. It further read, “The time has now come to take the legacy of Don forward, and joining us in this new interpretation will be an actor whose talent and versatility I have long admired. We hope that you will show him the love you have so graciously and generously shown to Mr. Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. A new era of Don begins in 2025.” Don 3 is slated for a highly anticipated release in 2025.