Shahrukh Khan and Anurag Kashyap may belong to North and South pole in terms of different cinematic approaches but the filmmaker pledges not to leave Bollywood until he works once with the superstar. The filmmaker talked about the fact that several times he came close to working with Shahrukh Khan, who was also his Delhi University senior. He said in a group interview that the 52-year-old actor was excited to work with him in ‘No Smoking, which later went to John Abraham.
“He wanted to do No Smoking and he was very upset when I went away from him. I also went to him with Allwyn Kalicharan. I wanted to do that with him and a big superstar from Hollywood. Everything was almost done but then again (it didn’t happen). But we will work together. I won’t go anywhere without making a film with Shah Rukh Khan… I will write a film that will lure him. He should be attracted to it, he should be dying do the film,” Kashyap said. The director said he is in awe of the 52-year-old actor with whom he describes his relationship “strange”.
“He is my senior from university. He has been there like a big brother helping me. He is super successful. When he loves you, he approaches things like, in my struggling years, (he used to tell me), ‘If you do what I tell to do, your problems will disappear’. But I didn’t want him to make my life,” said the filmmaker. The 45-year-old filmmaker added that he can fight with anyone but not with the superstar. “He is the only guy I can never speak upto. I can fight with the world but not him. If he scolds me, I’ll sit in a corner and cry. He is someone I have this love for. I love him to death,” Kashyap said.
Kashyap revealed that SRK often pokes fun at him, bullies him but he is charming as well. He was speaking at ‘India and the World – The Changing Narrative’ film festival conceptualized by writer Anuraadha Tewari, held at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. “Film festivals showed me a way how to make low budget films. In the sense, while I’m making a film which doesn’t have a lot of pedigreed star cast, the interest in the project is created by film festivals. If my films work there, it’ll help me create awareness here,” the filmmaker said adding that movie fests “saved” him.