While promoting this year’s Christmas attraction, Don 2, that opened last Friday, Shah Rukh Khan had joked that in the next Don movie he would be in a wheelchair and leave it to his ‘Jungli billi’ Priynka Chopra, aka tough cop Roma, to play Don. “It was just a joke and I didn’t mean Don 3, I’m not that old,” he chuckles. “Maybe in Don 10 or Don 15, I’ll be in a wheelchair.”
Prod him on whether there are plans to take the franchise further, and the superstar retorts, “We hadn’t even thought of making Don 2 initially. It just so happened that some people sent Farhan (director-co-producer Farhan Akhtar) a story idea that justified the making of another Don film. The next Don too will have to be story driven and not made only with the intention of taking the franchise forward.”
Shah Rukh admits that he had a blast making Don — The Chase Begins and the recent Don 2 (2011). “It’s the first franchise I’ve worked in, and we had so much fun making these two movies that it would be great to revisit Don after sometime. Farhan as a director and me as an actor wouldn’t want to repeat ourselves by doing the same thing again and again, unless we are bored. I’ve told Farhan that we could take 60 days out of our schedule and make a Don 3. But we need a script first, one that could take the last 10 minutes of Don 2 forward to another differently exciting thriller.”
The actor points out that as a director there’s so much more that Farhan wants to say, so many other ideas that he wants to tackle.
“Also, he’s an actor now and he may want to switch from direction to explore himself as an actor,” reasons Shah Rukh, pointing out that he now has a Yash Chopra love story with Katrina Kaif flagging off early next year and Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express with Kareena Kapoor waiting in the wings. “Don 3 is not on the cards right now but if people like part 2 and want to see the Don back, may be we will bond with him again, break ke baad (after the break).”