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Zero director Aanand L Rai on Shah Rukh Khan: There is no hangover, there is no stardom

Pinkvilla 2018-08-10 16:14:00

Shah Rukh Khan will be playing a lead role in Aanand L Rai's upcoming film Zero. The film also stars Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles. The actors have finished the shooting of the film. In Zero, SRK will be seen in a double role and one character will be of a vertically challenged man. Two teasers of the film are already out. In an interview with Film Companion, director Aanand L Rai was all praises for Shah Rukh Khan and shared his experience of working with the superstar.   When asked how did he connect with Shah Rukh Khan for this role and film, the director said, "I had a strong feeling. I met him in 2015. I somewhere knew that jab bhi main inse milunga, there will be something which will gel. And it has happened. It has happened magically. And I’m not talking about a director-actor tuning or bonding. I’m talking about one person to another person. I have learnt a lot from him. Again, nothing professional about it. On a very personal level. Aur main bahut saari baatein karta hu unke saath. And trust me, agar hum dono aise nahi hote, Zero is really a tough film. But I’m telling you this is one of the finest journeys I’ve had till now and I’ve really enjoyed it."   Shah Rukh Khan has been working in the film industry for more than 25 years. So when asked if he faced any struggle while working with a superstar, Rai answered, "No, it wasn’t. I’ll give the entire credit to Khan saab for this. Because I never met that star. Somebody asked me a few days back, “How was it working with this superstar?” I said, “I’ve yet to meet him. I’ve yet to meet the superstar.” The best part that happened with me was that before starting the film, 10 months we were just together. So when I took my first shot, the clean pure actor, without any stardom, was there with me. From the word go, when we started, he was a friend, a philosopher, a guide, a family member and a student. And it’s tough for him to do that. But he did it. And that’s the reason I can say that it’s a 100% pure film. There is no hangover, there is no stardom, there is no pretence. And this was the basic requirement for Zero. And I think, we have been able to attain that purity."   Watch the teaser of Zero below:
  Zero will also have special appearances by Salman Khan, Kajol, Karisma Kapoor, Rani Mukerji, and late Sridevi. The film is slated to release on December 21, 2018.