Immediately after the release and subsequent success of Aamir Khan’s Dhoom 3, it was alleged Dhoom 4 would be followed soon and starring Shah Rukh Khan. However, things didn’t materialize between YRF and the actor. We reported a few weeks ago how Salman Khan’s name cropped up to be the antagonist and Ranveer Singh could be cast with him, but it seems this casting coup too wouldn’t see the lights of the day.
A source said, “The Dhoom 4 shoot will commence early next year and will go on for 130 days so Adi is keen to lock cast and crew by this year. Major parts of the film will be shot in Dubai. While a reference poster with Salman had even been made now it seems that it’s not working out with him. This is a recent development in the last few weeks, especially post-Race 3. Apparently, one of the conditions that Salman had laid down with Aditya Chopra was that he would not be in a single scene with Abhishek Bachchan. The writing team was apparently racking its brain on how to come to terms with this creative change because Abhishek (who plays ACP Jai Dixit) forms a crucial part of the cast.”
It also stated how SRK and Ranbir are now in the running for the franchise, “Both are huge and much-in-demand stars and will add their own value to the film. While SRK was being considered to step into Salman’s shoes, Sanju happened to Ranbir. The movie’s blockbuster success and the fact that RK is already doing Shamshera with Adi made the makers consider him too. Both he and SRK have never done a Dhoom franchise before like Salman and the two mega stars will definitely add their own charm and freshness to the cast if either comes on board. Ranbir is the heartthrob of the Gen Next while Shah Rukh’s eternal lover boy appeal and ever green charm is timeless.”
However, the source also clarified, “Shah Rukh has an edge here over Ranbir as he, YRF and Maneesh have an old association. Maneesh has not only directed SRK in Fan (2016) but both have spoken about doing another movie together after Fan (which is not a sequel). The role in Dhoom 4 is not a negative one but will be like what Aamir Khan, John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan had played in the earlier instalments – slick, stylish, cool and savvy. Adi will make an announcement once the paperwork is done and his lead actors are finalized. But it will definitely be interesting to see whether Shah Rukh or Ranbir will be a part of Dhoom 4.”
But YRF made it very clear that there’s no truth to such rumors! Let’s see who’s roped in for Dhoom 4!