Farhan Akhtar addressed the criticism around Ranveer Singh’s casting in Don 3 and assured that he will do ‘a great job’ in the movie. Don 3 will release in 2025.
Filmmaker Farhan Akhtar has been facing the ire of cinephiles ever since he announced Don 3 with Ranveer Singh in the titular role. Ranveer too has been receiving a lot of flak from fans of Shah Rukh Khan, who played the role of Don in the last two films in the franchise. In a new interview, Akhtar addressed the criticism around Singh’s casting and assured that he will do “a great job” while playing Don.
Excited to go ahead with the project 12 years after the release of the last film in his Don franchise, Akhtar told BBC Asian Network that the script and screenplay of Don 3 is ready. Speaking about the backlash around Ranveer playing Don, Akhtar remembered how even Shah Rukh was rebuked for taking up the role which was once aced by Amitabh Bachchan.
He said, “Ranveer is amazing. He’s great for the part. He’s also, as you can imagine, really excited and really nervous, about the thing you’re filling some big shoes before you. But we went through the same emotional process when Shah Rukh did it and everyone was like ‘Oh my God, how can you replace Mr. Bachchan?.’That whole thing happened then.”
The filmmaker answered the audience’s apprehension about Singh acing his part as he continued, “It really is about an actor coming in and owning the part and making it really like, giving it their style and their flair. And he has that, he has that in spades. So, he is going to do a great job. I think the responsibility is more mine now to make sure that the script and the film work out the way I imagine.”
Farhan Akhtar also confirmed that he will start shooting for Don 3 only in 2025, and he is still in the process of finalising the cast.
Asked then why he announced the film so soon, he said he wanted the audience to know that Ranveer Singh will be the new Don. Now, it is still unclear if, in the meanwhile, the filmmaker will make his earlier announced project, Jee Le Zara, starring Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt and Priyanka Chopra or not.