After weeks of speculation, Ranveer Singh has finally been announced as the star of the upcoming Don 3. He takes over from Shah Rukh Khan, who played the titular role in two Don movies, released in 2006 and 2011, respectively. The character was originally played by Amitabh Bachchan in the 1978 hit Don.
Excel Entertainment made the announcement via a video shared online. The video opens with a man sitting on the floor of a large room overlooking the neon-lit skyline of an unnamed city. The skyline itself appears to be a composite of multiple cities. The character slowly rises to his feet, takes off his hood, and lights a cigarette.
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The whole time, he is narrating an ominous voiceover in Hindi. “Sher jo so raha hai woh jaagega kab? Poochte hain yeh sab. Unse keh do ki phir jaag utha hoon main, aur phir saamne jald aane ko (When will the sleeping lion wake up? Everybody wants to know. Tell them, I am here).”
He continues, “Kya hai taakat meri, kya hai himmat meri, phir dikhane ko. Maut se khelna zindagi hai meri, jeetna hi mera kaam hai (I’m back to show you what I’m made of),” before concluding with the iconic line of dialogue made famous first by Amitabh and then by Shah Rukh: “Tum toh hai jaante jo mera naam hai. 11 mulkon ki police dhoondti hai mujhe, par pakad paaya hai mujhko kaun? Main hoon Don.”
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Don 3 was first planned with Shah Rukh returning, but the film never took off despite sustained fan interest for years. Slated for a 2025 release, Don 3 will be directed by Farhan Akhtar, who also helmed the two SRK movies. It remains unclear if this impacts the production schedule of the already announced Jee Le Zaraa, starring Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif. Don 3 is the first film that Ranveer has announced following the success of Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani, which came after a string of flops. He is also rumoured to be attached to the upcoming reboot of Shaktimaan.
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