If the trade grapevine is to be believed, the long-in-the-planning Don 3 will be shot in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and not Malaysia as in the earlier outings. The Shah Rukh Khan-starrer is slated to go on floors next year. It is also being said that a newcomer will play SRK’s leading lady. Though there is nothing official from writer-director Farhan Akhtar, producer Ritesh Sidhwani had earlier said that the third outing of Don (2006) and Don 2 (2011) will happen.
Last year in December, when Don 2 completed six years, producer Ritesh Sidhwani said Don 3 will happen soon. “It will happen sooner than you know as we have started working on the script and the story. I think we need to crack the story as the responsibility is more (to get it right for the third part). With the next film in ‘Don’ franchise we won’t take that much time, we will make it fast,” he told PTI.
Farhan Akhtar and Sidhwani’s production company, Excel Entertainment, owns the rights of the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer 1978 film “Don”. “Don” (2006) and “Don 2” (2011) also starred Priyanka Chopra opposite Shah Rukh Khan, who stars in the title role. Speculations are rife especially over Priyanka’s character, Roma. According to reports, Deepika Padukone’s name had emerged to replace the “Quantico” actor. When asked if the makers can play around with the central characters, especially that of Priyanka’s, Sidhwani said it is too early to comment.