The Don franchise, whether with Amitabh Bachchan or Shah Rukh Khan, is a cult classic among the Indian masses. On August 8, Farhan Akhtar took to Twitter and announced the latest addition to this franchise: Don 3. According to his post, the movie might release in the year 2025. But the most interesting part of the who debacle was that Shah Rukh Khan won’t be a part of this movie. Yes, Farhan Akhtar is planning on casting someone else to play the part of this iconic character.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) August 8, 2023
He talks about the legacy of Amitabh Bachchan, the 70s Don, and that of Shah Rukh Khan, the 2000s Don, in his post. Fans were curious to know who would actually take the mantle and play this beloved character.
And fortunately for everyone, the teaser for Don 3 was released on 9th August and the wait was over soon. The new Don in B’Town would be Ranveer Singh. Yes, our very own Bajirao, Khilji, Ram, Simba, Murad – whatever you like to call him but now he will be called DON.
A New Era Begins. #Don3@RanveerOfficial @faroutakhtar #JasonWest @javedakhtarjadu @ritesh_sid @ShankarEhsanLoy @PushkarGayatri @j10kassim @roo_cha @vishalrr @excelmovies @rupinsuchak #PranavShukla #AvanContractor #PoornamritaSiingh #ShivaniParikh @chouhanmanoj82 #Olly pic.twitter.com/vMDel7hrxE
— Excel Entertainment (@excelmovies) August 9, 2023
Fans had a mixed reaction to this change in cast. Although people love Ranveer Singh and hail him for his acting skills and versatile performances, fans love Shah Rukh as Don. The reason people are a bit skeptical is because Don was Shah Rukh’s one of the best and most iconic roles and seeing a new face associated with that character is a little difficult at first.
— CineHub (@Its_CineHub) August 9, 2023
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) August 8, 2023
Ranveer Singh can take 7 births but still he won’t be able to match 1% of SRK’s swag and charisma in DON #Don3
— Maddie🥷🏽 (@SRKzKnightWing) August 9, 2023
But Shah Rukh was also the second choice as the first and foremost Don in the industry was Big B, Amitabh Bachchan. His role was as revered and appreciated as now we are hailing SRK. In fact, Amitabh Bachchan’s angry young man trope in the 70s was mainly why he was best suited for the role.
But it’s not all gloomy, Ranveer Singh as Don has received quite a bit of appreciation from people as well. The fact that Ranveer Singh’s energy, acting skills and overall demeanour might do justice to the role is what people are expecting. Also looking at a fresh face for such an iconic character is always appreciated.
First Don franchise film that will be a BLOCKBUSTER.
— Hud Hud Dabangg (@HudHuddDabangg) August 9, 2023
We hope that Don 3 is as iconic as the previous Don movies. Maybe someday we would get to see a multiverse madness of Don like Marvel?