No book or documentary can ever do justice to the 25 years Shah Rukh Khan has given to Hindi cinema. But writer-director Samar Khan and co-author Sonali Kokra have put together a book — 25 Years of A Life on Shah Rukh Khan — that has accounts of all the directors the superstar has ever worked with. The book is scheduled to be released on November 9, Wednesday.
Aditya Chopra, who made three films with SRK, shared interesting stories with the writers. The filmmaker said that he and his father, Yash Chopra, had seen footages of Shah Rukh's performance in King Uncle and didn't think he was impressive enough to pull off Darr. They signed him on anyway because no one had shown interest in playing an antagonist.
"Our first shot with him was the Holi song. I think that very day itself, I knew that this man was going to be a superstar. He had a strange kind of madness in his eyes that was very exciting. I was the first assistant director on Darr," Aditya has been quoted in the book as saying.
How did Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge happen to Shah Rukh?
When the actor first heard the script of DDLJ, he wasn't too sure of it because he thought he would be a better fit for action films. However, he ended up doing the film because he couldn't turn down senior Chopra's offer. The rest, as they say, is history.
Sharing another lesser known fact about the romantic-drama film, Aditya said that he had planned to make a trilogy out of DDLJ. "Over time, the stories evolved and changed, but yes, in a way, all of Shah Rukh's three characters draw from each other and are interconnected," the Befikre director added.
In other news, Samar had directed Living With A Superstar, that aired on TLC.