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The Globe-trotting Quest for “Don 3” Filming Locations

The wheels are in motion as Farhan Akhtar, acclaimed filmmaker and actor, undertakes a global quest to discover the perfect locales for the highly anticipated movie, “Don 3.” This marks a powerful return to the franchise that saw its inception in the 1970s with Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and was later reimagined in the 2000s with superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The latest in the series is slated to elevate the action thriller to unseen heights, with shooting expected to commence in February 2025.

Engrossed in pre-production efforts earlier this year, Akhtar’s journey has now led him to the UK to survey potential film sites that will backdrop the international narrative of “Don 3.” Industry insiders have buzzed with the news that once the UK locations are cemented, the production team plans to advance to Germany. This decision mirrors the inception phase of “Don 2: The King is Back,” which began its journey in Berlin, hinting at a tradition of threading European elegance into Don’s escapades.

Adding to the film’s star-studded ensemble, Ranveer Singh has been cast to fill the titular role, with Kiara Advani as the leading lady. A tantalizing sneak peek into Akhtar’s vision materialized on social media through a post from the film’s production designer, offering a glimpse into the set with the cryptic “Aa raha hai woh. [He is coming] Don.” However, before returning to the director’s chair, Akhtar will grace the cameras with his acting prowess in a separate project, the details of which remain shrouded in mystery. All that’s known is filming for this enigmatic endeavor begins in July.

On a parallel track, Singh is busy preparing for his role in director Aditya Dhar’s upcoming action thriller set to shoot later this year.

In a striking turn of events that have enraptured film enthusiasts, Bollywood icons Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth recently graced the sets at St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, for “Vettaiyan.” Bachchan expressed his joy working with “Thala, the great Rajini,” while Rajinikanth cherished his reunion with “mentor” Bachchan after a span of 33 years, signaling a monumental collaboration for “Thalaivar 170.”

Meanwhile, Dev Patel’s “Monkey Man” awaits clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification for its release in India. In a puzzling twist, a critical scene featuring Makarand Deshpande was excised from the final cut due to ‘political reasons,’ a decision Patel personally conveyed to Deshpande. Despite the cut, Deshpande’s performance is touted to retain its potency, and buzz around the film anticipates a potential Oscar nomination, likening its acclaim to that of the film “Satya.”

Director Prashanth Varma beckons fresh talent to join the artistry of his “Hanu-Man” cinematic universe, following the success of its antecedent released in January. With a promise of delivering a global experience in the upcoming sequel “Jai Hanuman,” Varma aims to foster novel artists and technicians within the industry that actualized his cinematic aspirations.

Actor Debattama Saha braved her aquaphobia for her role in “Krishna Mohini,” executing a vital sequence in the river. Opposite Ketaki Kulkarni, who plays her sibling Mohan, Saha’s character exemplifies fierce loyalty and courage, traits she embodied to overcome her personal fears and deliver an unforgettable performance.

In another realm, UNICEF has proudly appointed Kareena Kapoor Khan as its National Ambassador during its 75th year of association with India. With nearly a decade of advocacy under her belt, Kapoor Khan is set to amplify her voice in championing the rights of children, focusing on early childhood development, health, education, and gender equality.

Not to be outdone in the bustling scene of Indian cinema and television, Mona Singh seamlessly juggles between her characters in “Ma Ka Sum,” “Pan Parda Zarda,” and “Stardom.” Ensuring vibrant portrayals across her projects, Singh travels from Mumbai to Goa to Delhi, immersing herself in the nuanced worlds of her diverse roles.

The unfolding narratives in Indian entertainment spotlight the commitment to craft, the embrace of novel talents, and the resonance of iconic alliances, painting a vibrant mosaic of aspirations and endeavors that are set to captivate audiences and redefine genres. As the anticipation for “Don 3” builds, the Indian film industry continues to push boundaries and foster talent, embarking on cinematic voyages that span the globe and delve deep into the heart of storytelling.