The Nation wants to know, what next? This is the question Shah Rukh Khan needs to answer , as his fans are now developing alarming withdrawal symptoms. SRK , an acronym he hates, was last seen in December 2018 in the miserably improper film ominously titled Zero . SRK was delightful playing a midget squabbling with his screen-dad Tigmanshu Dhulia(who is actually younger than SRK). The rest of the film , only director Anand Rai understood.
The failure of Zero shook SRK. While making it he blindly trusted his director whom he called Anand Sir during the shooting, while Anand Sir reciprocated by calling him Khan Saab. On the sets they laughed and ate a lot, samosas being a favourite.The Superstar trusted his director blindly .
When SRK saw the end-product he was shocked out of his wits.I don’t blame him for feeling let down.SRK took a conscious decision to not ever surrender completely to his director. This is not to say that SRK will now direct the director like Aamir and Salman are known to do. But he will certainly not accept the director’s brief blindly. And he won’t do any film that is described by that much-vilified term ‘out of the box’.Not for a long while.
So we know what SRK is looking for next. A big commercial film where he gets to play the archetypal filmy hero, all dhishoom dhishoom and bam bam and wham wham. A film with Raj Kumar Hirani is definitely on the cards. But I hear Hirani has problems of his own.
Now that his Munnabhai Sanjay Dutt has just survived a deadly health scare Hirani wants to do another Munnbhai film with Dutt. Hirani feels he owes it to Dutt.And let’s face it. Dutt will always be Hirani’s favourite.When he is not directing films with Dutt he’s directing a film about Dutt(Sanju).
So will SRK gravitate towards the director who loves him the most? No, not Karan Johar. I refer to Aditya Chopra . Together they created history in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. Though if you ask me their best collaboration was Rab Ne Banadi Jodi.Isn’t it time the two created magic again? What say, you Shahphiles out there?