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I’ll write Don 2 on a clean slate

By: Subhash K JhaI’ll write Don 2 on a clean slate
By: Subhash K Jha
August 1, 2007
Farhan Akhtar says he will pen the script to the sequel himself

Naya Daur: Shah Rukh Khan and Farhan Akhtar
Farhan Akhtar is excited about the sequel to Don, starring Shah Rukh Khan. While the first film was written by his father, Javed Akhtar in collaboration with Salim Khan, he will write the sequel himself.

Here, the young director talks about Don 2, clears the air about the spoof on Don in Partner and why only Shah Rukh Khan has been finalised for the sequel.

What do you think of Rajpal Yadav spoofing Don in Partner?
I’ve no issues with that. The more people do to keep both the Dons alive — Mr Bachchan’s and mine — the happier I am.

We hear there’s a sequel to your film?
Yes, there’s something I’m working on with Shah Rukh. Let’s see when it materialises. I’m very fascinated by Don’s character. I want to see where he goes in the sequel.

If I can carry him forward and make him more powerful than he was in the first film, then I’ll go ahead and make it. He’s an interesting, flamboyant, larger-than-life character who thinks he can get away with anything.

Will it have Shah Rukh and Priyanka?
Only Shah Rukh is a given in the cast at this point.

Will Mallika be in it?
No.

Are you writing Don 2?
Yes, this time the writing will be mine. I didn’t want to divert too far from the original in Don, but with Don 2, I’ll write on a clean slate with no rules to follow. The journey from a remake to a sequel should be interesting.

You seem more charged than ever!
There’s more emphasis being placed on writing. There are a lot of talented young writers and I get a lot of exciting scripts to read.

We’ve always said we want to bring new writing and directorial talent in our production house (Excel Entertainment). There’s been a sea change in the kind of script that are coming to us from the time we started out six years ago.

Did you remake Don because there was a shortage of writing talent?
No. The script I’m going to direct with Irrfan Khan (Voice From The Sky) was something I wrote immediately after Dil Chahta Hai. At that time, I didn’t feel it was the right time to make it.

Since I have to direct children in the film, I had to be mentally prepared for the challenge. Now is the right time to make Voice From The Sky as the market has changed.

If I had made it right after Dil Chahta Hai, it wouldn’t have found the right outlets. There were no multiplexes back then.

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7 COMMENTS
  1. akshay shah

    A sequel would be cool, specially as this gives Farhan a free-hand to take the character and story forward anywhere which will be very cool….

  2. bollywhiz

    aarrghh! I was really hoping this one doesn’t get made..maybe he will do a better job the sequel than te first one. From this interview though, the movie is not a done deal, it could still be a couple of years away.

  3. bollywhiz

    also if he makes a series out of Don, he was better off picking Hrithik than SRK…Hrithik is already the biggest star in india and he still hasn’t reached his peak yet.

  4. Qalandar

    Re: “Hrithik is already the biggest star in india and he still hasn’t reached his peak yet”

    If you mean actingwise that’s one thing, but if you mean star-power, why isn’t he at his peak now? i.e. he’s next to God now, and I don’t see what more one can do (as with all huge stars, if you keep giving hits you maintain your position, but there isn’t much scope for going upward…)

  5. Qalandar

    Yes, Farhan has said he wanted Hritik as Don but later they decided HR was too young for the role.

  6. bollywhiz

    “If you mean actingwise that’s one thing, but if you mean star-power, why isn’t he at his peak now? i.e. he’s next to God now, and I don’t see what more one can do (as with all huge stars, if you keep giving hits you maintain your position, but there isn’t much scope for going upward…)”…I actually still think he could get bigger, he definitely has the smaller centers locked in, but YRF did contribute towards D2′s opening in the multiplexes…also overseas SRK is still numero uno.

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