Ranbir Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan
Pictured: Ranbir Kapoor on The Kapil Sharma Show; Shah Rukh Khan at a book launch.Varinder Chawla

Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor have apparently been approached by a Russian filmmaker to be part of a franchise film titled VIY: Journey To India. Through the film, producer Alexey Petruhin plans on bringing Russia and India closer.

Khan and Kapoor have been signed up for lead roles and the team is awaiting their confirmation now. "Journey to India is about bringing Russia and India together. It's a big movie and the budget will be around 40 million US dollars," Petruhin told the Indian Express.

But why does he want Khan in the film? The producer told the daily that he wanted someone who is established and owns a production house, much like Jackie Chan who was in VIY: Journey to China alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"Like from China, we signed Jackie Chan who is also a producer. So we have approached SRK and I am sure he will be interested in this type of project because it has world-class appeal and the film will be released all over the world," Petruhin elaborated.

If Khan agrees to come on board, it will be his first international project. VIY: Journey To India is a mystic adventure thriller that will be shot in India and China.

However, Khan has a very set idea of taking up projects other than those from Bollywood. On his 50th birthday, the superstar said he will only take up projects that are not Indian if the role makes sense to him and will do the nation proud.

He said he appreciates Indian actors working overseas, but feels he isn't cut out for it. "I am not looking down upon them. I also feel I'm not good enough to do something in the west, language being one issue," he added.