If all goes well, Rohit Shetty's next, after Simmba, will be a movie with Akshay Kumar and not Ajay Devgn's Singham 3. It will be a hard-core action entertainer and also the first time that Akshay and Rohit will work together in a movie together.
Says a trade source, "Akshay has not done an action entertainer for a long time and what better than to start with Rohit's next? After his spate of movies with social messages, Akshay has decided to take a break from them. Rohit's film will also have Akshay playing a strong character who plays the title role. Apparently, the deal was finalised last Friday. The script is almost ready and Rohit and Akshay will start shoot early next year and have a Diwali release. Akshay has always been loved in such masala movies like this including Rowdy Rathod and Singh Is King. As of now it's being produced by Rohit Shetty Productions and distributed by Reliance Entertainment as Rohit had signed a three-film deal with them. Simmba is being distributed by Reliance Entertainment and produced by Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar, Rohit Shetty and Apoorva Mehta. There's a strong possibility of Karan co-producing this one too. He shares a good rapport with both Rohit and Akshay (the actor is starring in his home production Kesari) and both Akshay and Rohit's work is being handled by the same manager who apparently fixed up their meeting. The superstar is also doing Karan's home production Good News."
The trade source says, "Housefull 4 is complete, now he's shooting Kesari which should be complete in the next two-three months, then he begins Good News, after which Akshay has Mission Mangal where he is said to have a special appearance. Rohit is known to complete his films very fast and on schedule so giving dates from his busy schedule should not be a problem for Akshay."
The source adds that the next Singham may take some time to be made. "Ajay has done a powerful cameo as Bajirao Singham in Simmba which will leave an impact on most hence Singham 3 doesn't look like it will happen soon. He has his schedule choc-a-bloc next year. While his next release Total Dhamaal is complete, he is currently completing his next movie, Tanaaji - The Unsung Warrior, which will take a few months more as it's historical. Then he has Hansal Mehta's Turram Khan and Luv Ranjan's next with Ranbir Kapoor. And after he completes his next with Akshay, Rohit plans to begin Golmaal 5 later that year."