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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Shahrukh Khan's Huge Popularity in Germany Takes 'Don 2' to Berlin

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Tourism officials in Berlin are elated that Farhan Akhtar's Don 2, headlining Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra, will be shot in the city this fall.

The film is planned to be shot in a 50-day start-to-finish schedule at many landmark sites across the city.

Back in April, Farhan had travelled to Berlin to identify locations.

On his return he had Tweeted, "Hey. Just back from Berlin and a successful recce for Don. Hahaha.. Its going to be a blast!"

On an earlier occasion Farhan had tweeted:

"The film is set in Manilla and then moves to Berlin."

Shah Rukh Khan is popular in Germany and his film My Name is Khan created a strong buzz when it was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

Berlin tourism officials are elated because the filming of Don 2 will make the city a favored Bollywood location.

"This could be the breakthrough needed for making the Berlin destination known to the Indian market," Berlin tourism director Burkard Kieker said. "It's exactly what we want."

Don 2 is being partly financed ($705,000) by the Berlin-Brandenburg film promotion company Medienboard.

"The Indian superstar and the film location Berlin will make for a great couple before the largest audience in the world," said Medienboard managing director Kirsten Niehuus.

The film additionally co-stars Lara Dutta, Kunal Kapoor, Om Puri and Boman Irani.

Don 2 is scheduled for release in theatres on December 23, 2011.


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