It’s finally fallen into place - Shah Rukh Khan will star in a Vidhu Vinod Chopra production.
While they have never worked together in the past, the fact is that Vidhu has been trying to do a film with Shah Rukh for years now. Vidhu had wanted him for Kareeb, then for 1942-A Love Story, Munnabhai MBBS and even 3 Idiots, but every single time, something went wrong. In fact, Shah Rukh’s failure to do 3 Idiots led to a fall out between them.
Shah Rukh had given his consent to do 3 Idiots but later withdrew from the project after Vidhu criticised his film Paheli. The friction escalated after Vidhu said Shah Rukh was trying to lure Rajkumar Hirani to direct films for his own production house, Red Chillies.
The thaw started in June last year when Shah Rukh and Vidhu shared the same platform during the rift between producers-distributors and multiplex owners. A source says, “There is no animosity between them now. In fact, they are very friendly with each other.”
The renewed friendship is now set to be cemented with a film called Ferrari Ki Sawaari. According to a well placed industry source, Shah Rukh has given his nod to the project.
Interestingly, Aamir Khan had been offered the film first but he turned it down because he wanted to concentrate on the post-production of his three home productions - Dhobi Ghaat, Peepli Live and Delhi Belly.
Ferrari Ki Sawaari is a tale about how an Indian cricket legend’s Ferrari makes a young boy’s dream of playing cricket at Lords come true. The film is also loosely inspired by a bestseller. Rajesh Mapuskar, who has been a longtime associate of Vidhu’s favourite director Rajkumar Hirani, will direct this film.
On his part, Vidhu just said, “It’s too early to comment.” Neither Aamir nor Shah Rukh were available for comment.