Bollywood is certainly making its way out in the world and is becoming much more known and loved by fans in countries outside of India. One of the biggest fan communities can be found in Germany. They love Bollywood and one of their favorites by far is Shah Rukh Khan. Imagine their excitement when they heard Don 2 was going to be shot in Berlin! At a recent press conference, Shah Rukh, Priyanka and director Farhan Akhtar gave some Bollylove right back to the city and it’s people.
Farhan talked about the beauty of the city with its degree of mystery and how it will be an integral part of the story of the film, “It’s a regular Hindi film, of course set against this beautiful backdrop of this city, which really plays an important part. What happens in the city is really part of the story.”
Don aka Shah Rukh Khan agrees, “It is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever see… I have been here for two weeks and I don’t feel I am working.”
Shah Rukh also gave some insight into his character of Don, “All of us like the bad life, we like the gray things. Maybe somewhere down the line the fun factor is that here is a bad guy, who does a lot of bad things and who is not nice at all (laughs). But he is a lover of life; he is a love of killing (laughs). Don is very, very beautiful behind the dark mean exterior and you just have to get to know him. The story coming to Berlin, it just matches to the kind of pleasure he takes in everything. Whether it is having a drink, whether it is having the girl, whether it is having a walk or a drive on a Berlin bus, he enjoys and takes pleasure in everything. He is not really a typical gangster.”
His co-star in the film is Priyanka Chopra, about who Shah Rukh said, “Someone told me Priyanka is more beautiful than Berlin.”
Talking about the city Priyanka said, “You know the most amazing thing I felt about Berlin so far is that it has a spirit, which is almost permeable. You can feel it. You can touch it, you know. The people, the energy.”
Berlin is in full support of having the film shoot there and they are hoping it will bring tourism to the area. Shah Rukh is sure it will, “After the film is released, I fully believe that many Indians will come and deservedly so, because Berlin is so wonderful. You guys are going to a big problem getting all the Indians to go back. They will be everywhere. You don’t know what you have let yourselves in for.”
About having the location shoot Berlin Shah Rukh said, “I am just happy to be in Berlin. I love it. If Farhan told me to stand up on a tourist bus and dance, I would do it. In fact, I think we should do it.”
Don 2: The Chase Continues is the sequel to the 2006 blockbuster Don: The Chase Begins Again. It is scheduled for release in 2011. Also in the cast with SRK and Priyanka are Lara Dutta, Kunal Kapoor and Boman Irani.