The Khans go to Gujarat!

By HT

Mumbai, June 29 -- Once he is done with his upcoming Eid release, Chennai Express (CE), Shah Rukh Khan might just another exciting assignment on offer. The actor might play a Gujarati don in his next film. Apparently, the superstar has given an "in-principle nod" to director Rahul Dholakia's (who made Parzania; 2005) yet-untitled next.

"In the film, Shah Rukh is supposed to play a large-hearted Gujarati don. Since the project is in the nascent stages, not many are aware of it. Dholakia has already met Shah Rukh a few times about the film and for narrations," says an industry insider.

Interestingly, SRK will team up with his Don series makers, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani (of Excel Entertainment), for Dholakia's venture. "SRK trusts Farhan and Ritesh's judgment and vision. Besides, the three of them are good friends. Since he has given his nod just a few days back, things will slowly kick off now," adds the insider.

In all likelihood, SRK will take up the project next year. "He is currently busy with CE. Then, from September-October onwards, he will start with Farah's (Khan) Happy New Year (HNY). So it looks like Dholakia's film will be shot post HNY," adds the insider. There has been no official announcement yet on SRK's next after Farah's musical comedy.

Although insiders feel it's too early to get into the nitty-gritty, it will be a "fully new experience" for SRK in terms of language and setting. "If all goes well, a major part of the film will be shot in Gujarat. But such details are yet to be finalised since both SRK and Farhan are caught up with CE and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag respectively," adds the insider.

Dholakia, whose father passed away a few days ago, remained unavailable for a comment, while Ritesh refused to divulge details. He says, "It's too early to talk about anything. We will make an announcement at the right time."

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