Actor-director Farhan Akhtar did not just get lucky by chance rather it was his impeccable talent and sheer dedication towards his work that got him a great deal of appreciation for his role in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. As a result of the movie’s immense success, Farhan has geared up for his next assignment, Rock On 2.
“The team of the franchise [Rock On!!] wants to capitalise on his star status,” said a source, reported the Hindustan Times. “Farhan has been looking forward to the sequel, so he is excited.” Like its first part, Rock On 2 will also be produced by Farhan and Ritesh Sidhwani’s company and if everything goes smoothly, the actor will start shooting for the movie by the end of this year. “By then, he will also have finished shooting for Shaadi Ke Side Effects (with Vidya Balan),” added the source.
The news for the sequel to the movie has been circulating for a couple of years now. However, with Farhan being occupied with Rakheysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, the follow-up to the music-centered movie continued to be delayed.
“Right now, Abhishek is giving final touches to the screenplay. Farhan and Ritesh (Sidhwani) are in constant touch with him. They plan to take Rock On 2 on floors sometime mid-2011,” said a team member of Excel Entertainment, back in 2011.
Now that it is finally scheduled to hit the floors soon, word has it that director Abhishek Kapoor, who had directed the first film of the series, will not helm the sequel. “They (Farhan and Ritesh) might rope in another young director. While the exact reason for their decision is unknown, Abhishek is likely to be busy around the end of this year. He’ll be working on his next, Fitoor (an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, Great Expectations),” informs the source.
The reason for this decision could also be the rumoured rift between Farhan and Abhishek, though they seem pretty normal at the success party of Abhishek’s film, Kai Po Che.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 12th, 2013.
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