His shoulder surgery and Indian Premier League matches put him out of the silver screen action for a while. Now Shah Rukh Khan is all set to do daring stunts in the sequel to Don - The Chase Begins Again, though there will be no double role.
Director Farhan Akhtar will shoot Don 2 with the original star cast from May 2010 in Ireland and Berlin and says Shah Rukh will do some of the most heart-in-the-mouth stunts, making it his most audacious actioner yet.
"He's always game for the audacious. But the health problems really frustrate him," said Farhan referring to the superstar's shoulder surgery this year.
Sources say there will be no double role for Shah Rukh in Don 2.
Shah Rukh underwent a successful arthroscopic surgery for acute pain in his left shoulder at the Breach Candy hospital here in February. He needed to rest for a month after the surgery, which had put on hold the filming of Karan Johar's My Name Is Khan till March 14.
"This is why he allotted dates in 2009 to My Name Is Khan. It requires very little physical exertion whereas Don 2 is a kick-ass role," said a source.
When the proposal to do the sequel first came up, the superstar was very sure it would have to go beyond the first part in terms of locales, action and drama. Don 2 will be the first Indian film to be shot in Dublin, Ireland.
"We're shooting Don 2 in Dublin. No Indian film has been shot there. We want to make sure that the sequel goes ahead of the first film. While the first part was a remake (of the Amitabh Bachchan starrer Don), the sequel is an original script and would be much tougher to film for Shah Rukh and Farhan," producer Ritesh Sidhwani told IANS.
And there's Priyanka Chopra for company again. Though the actress has apparently been left out of Dostana 2, she's very much part of Don 2.
"We're very much going ahead with the original cast of Shah Rukh, Priyanka, Boman Irani, Arjun Rampal and Om Puri. Only those who died in the original won't return, obviously," said Sidhwani.