In a groundbreaking development, Bollywood’s charismatic talent Ranveer Singh has secured the coveted role in ‘Don 3,’ where he will breathe new life into the iconic character previously immortalized by both Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. The third chapter of filmmaker Farhan Akhtar’s high-octane franchise, ‘Don’, holds immense promise as Ranveer takes the helm.
The legacy of ‘Don’ is steeped in cinematic history, with Shah Rukh Khan portraying the titular role in both ‘Don’ (2006) and ‘Don 2’ (2011), following the footsteps of the original portrayal by Amitabh Bachchan in the 1978 blockbuster ‘Don’.
A mere day after the teaser for ‘Don 3’ announced Ranveer Singh’s casting, the actor poured his heart out through a heartfelt note accompanied by endearing childhood snapshots. These images capture young Ranveer wielding toy guns and donning sleek black sunglasses, a portrayal reminiscent of the enigmatic Don. In his note, Ranveer opens up about his lifelong aspiration to inhabit the persona of Don, while also acknowledging the significant responsibility entailed in becoming a part of this acclaimed franchise.
With deep gratitude, Ranveer extends his thanks to Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani for entrusting him with this prestigious mantle and for their unwavering belief in his capabilities.
He wrote, “Gosh! I’ve been dreaming about doing this for a very, very long time.” Elaborating on the profound impact of SRK and Amitabh Bachchan on his journey towards becoming an actor, Ranveer Singh reveals how their influence profoundly shaped his path in the world of cinema. Ranveer said, “As a child I fell in love with the movies, and like the rest of us, watching and worshipping Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan – the two G.O.A.Ts of Hindi Cinema.”
Ranveer continued, “I understand what a great responsibility it is to be a part of the ‘Don’ dynasty. I hope the audience gives me a chance and showers me with love, the way they have for numerous characters over the past so many years.”
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The actor thanked Farhan and Ritesh Sidhwani for entrusting him with this honourable mantle and believing in him. He concluded, “My two supernovas, The Big B and SRK, I hope I can make you proud. And my beloved audience, as always, I promise you…that I will do my very best to entertain you…in and as…’Don.’”
The genesis of the ‘Don’ franchise traces back to Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s enterprise, Excel Entertainment. The company secured the rights to the 1978 film bearing the same name, a cinematic gem that starred Amitabh Bachchan. Crafted by the esteemed duo Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan, the original movie continues to hold an indelible place in Bollywood history.
Ranveer’s recent appearance was in Karan Johar’s creation, ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’. The star-studded cast features Alia Bhatt, Jaya Bachchan, Dharmendra, Shabana Azmi, and other luminaries, contributing to what promises to be a compelling cinematic experience.
As the spotlight shines on Ranveer Singh’s pivotal role in ‘Don 3,’ fans eagerly await the unfolding of this new chapter in a franchise that has left an indelible mark on the annals of Indian cinema.