In January this year when Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Akshay Kumar held a joint press conference to announce that Akshay had decided to postpone the release of his Padman on January 25 to facilitate Bhansali’s Padmaavat, Bhansali had said he didn’t know how to thank Akshay.” “By making Rowdy Rathore 2,” Akshay had quipped jokingly.
It turns out the remark wasn’t made so facetiously after all. Bhansali and Akshay are indeed coming together for an encore to their 2012 hit. Prabhudheva who directed the first Rathore film will be back directing the sequel.
Says a source close to the development, “Rowdy Rathore 2 would not be a remake of a Telugu film but based on an original script. Akshay will return as Inspector Vikram Rathore who has serious temper management issues. Prabhudheva will direct. The rest of the cast is yet to be decided.”