By times of India
The actor who has taken time off from Rohit Shetty's Chennai Express, has reportedly been looking at several new projects, including Farhan Akhtar's Don 3
What's in the air at Mannat? From the sounds of it, Don 3, and may be Rohit Shetty's next, which Shah Rukh has reportedly taken a shine to.
TOI has learnt that SRK, who is on a short break from Chennai Expressright now, has had several meetings with Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, to firm up the fine print for the third installment of the slick and commercially successful franchise.
Meanwhile, in a recent interview, SRK also lavished praises on Rohit Shetty, saying how much he has enjoyed working with him for Chennai Express. "We are looking at two more scripts," he said, indicating that he may work with the filmmaker soon again.
So where does that put the other keenly awaited SRK-starrer? According to sources, SRK has been taking his time over Happy New Year, to be directed by Farah Khan and produced by SRK's Red Chillies.
"SRK was supposed to help Farah finalise the casting for her film. It was expected that Farah will announce the name of her heroine - there has been quite a bit of speculation on who that is - at the beginning of the year. But no one, except Abhishek Bachchan and SRK, have been finalised for the four-hero project yet," said a source.
In fact, the script for Happy New Year has been locked, and songs are also about to be recorded, but with the casting yet to be finalised there is enough and more room for speculation.
There have been reports that Farah may be tweaking the role of the female protagonist Mohini, who hails from a Bhandup chawl, to accommodate a fresh face from the South. But the filmmaker pooh-poohed all the reports, and insisted that she is not willing to compromise on her script.
"I need someone who can match up to the four men in the film. Someone who is not too young, since my hero is mature. A girl who can emote, looks good and can dance well. There is no way I will make any changes to this character," she insisted.
As for the delay in finalising the casting, she said, "I am waiting for Shah Rukh to free himself from Chennai Express," said Farah to TOI. "We have not had the time to discuss the project in a while, but we will very soon," she assured us.