Rumors and reports have been flying back and forth over whether Akshay Kumar will be a part of Balaji Film’s sequel to their critical and box office success Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai. Some said yes, he will play the part of the don, others say no he has not signed, while others reported they are still in talks. However, now it all seems to be resolved because we have had confirmation that Akshay will be a part of the film.
Akshay will take over the role of Dawood Ibrahim that was played by Emraan Hashmi in the original film. Directed once again by Milan Luthria, this second film follows Dawood’s rise to power as an underworld don.
Now that Akshay is set, rumors have started to who will star opposite him. A source told TOI, “The second part of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai is going to be on a much bigger canvas and hence Balaji is looking at a top actress to play the female lead. It would be either Kareena or Vidya. Mandakini’s character needs an actress who can emote very strongly. Kareena and Vidya best fit the bill.” With names like Vidya and Kareena being bandied about it will be interesting to see who finally lands the role.
We also hear that even though his character Sultan died in the first film, Ekta Kapoor wants to bring Ajay Devgn back for the sequel as well. Ekta says she has met with him about the film, “He has spoilt me. Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai was an ambitious project for my company and he made it the film it became. By saying that, I’m not trying to run anyone down. It was a collective effort that made the story believable. But it’s made the sequel that even more difficult.”
Ajay says he will be interested but is waiting to see the final script “I’m sure the character she comes up with for me this time will be on par with Sultan bhai, may be even a few notches higher.”
Looks like the sequel, like the original film, is one to watch out for so stay tuned for all the Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai – 2 news!