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Alia, Shraddha and Parineeti to star in Dil Chahta Hai 2?

Akhtar confirms that he is “strongly thinking” about a Dil Chahta Hai sequel with three girls.

bollywood Updated: Nov 07, 2016 07:43 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times
Alia Bhatt,Shraddha Kapoor,Parineeti Chopra
Farhan Akhtar is seriously thinking about Dil Chahta Hai sequel, but this time with three girls as the protagonists.(Abheet Gidwani)

Last year, during a chat with HT Café, Alia Bhatt expressed her desire to work in the sequel to Dil Chahta Hai (2001), along with her contemporaries, Shradddha Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra. She had said, “Pari (Parineeti), Shraddha and I should work in the sequel to Dil Chahta Hai (DCH; 2001) as three friends. I think that’s a superb idea. It will be so much fun.”

A few weeks later, during a chat with Farhan Akhtar, we conveyed Alia’s suggestion to him, who called it “a great idea”, but had laughed it off at that point.

Alia Bhatt had previously said Parineeti, Shraddha and she should work in the sequel to Dil Chahta Hai as three friends. (HT Photo)

Now, in a latest development, Farhan tells us that the “idea stayed” (of a sequel featuring girls) with him. “Through you guys, I got to know that Alia wants to do a DCH part 2 with Shraddha and Parineeti. That [thought] stayed in my head, and I am thinking about it very strongly, but this time with three girls [as the protagonists]. We will see how it goes,” he says.

The seed of an idea

Interestingly, a few weeks ago, Farhan also took the online world by storm by tweeting about the possibility of a sequel to DCH. “Yes, I put out that tweet because I thought I’ll have some fun since other people always seem to be having fun (laughs),” he says.

Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna and Saif Ali Khan had starred in the original Dil Chahta Hai in 2001. (HT Photo)

In fact, Farhan had a “funny” discussion with Alia about the DCH sequel. “I met her at the Kapoor & Sons screening. After the screening, I told her, ‘Alia, I guess you told someone that there should be a Dil Chahta Hai part two with three girls, and I wanted to tell you that I may be considering it.’ And she was like, ‘Oh, really?’ And I said, ‘Yes, and you will love it when you watch it (laughs).’ She was like, ‘How sick! How mean (laughs)!’”

Farhan Akhtar says there are no plans yet to make Don 3. (HT Photo)

Long shot

But has he set a deadline for the movie? “Not really. I haven’t thought that far. For the time being, I have two acting commitments for next year — Lucknow Central and another project,” says Farhan, adding that “there’s no news” about the third part of his much-talked about franchise, Don. “There are no plans yet,” he confirms.

First Published: Nov 07, 2016 07:30 IST