Shah Rukh Khan talks about the films he is doing next, the ones he has refused, and why, and  what he plans to do in 2012.  A Exclusive. 

Now that his Ra.One is released and Don 2 is due for release, Shah Rukh Khan is all set to start his new slate of films. The first movie he will face the cameras for will be Yash Chopra’s untitled film, co-starring Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. Although the original plan was to have the cameras rolling for it in the first week of December, Shah Rukh requested the maverick filmmaker to postpone its launching by a month.

The superstar, who will go with family to Dubai on 29th December, will return to India on 4th January in the new year. Says Shah Rukh Khan, “I will start shooting for Yashji’s film on 5th (January).” Before that, Katrina and Anushka will do a workshop with the actor.

Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan

SRK: There is a project with Anurag Basu and Anurag Kashyap…

There is a project each with Anurag Basu and Anurag Kashyap on the anvil. Anurag Basu’s script for the Shah Rukh starrer was ready quite some time back but the superstar asked him to complete Barfee first as he knew, he would be busy with Ra.One. As for the Kashyap film, Shah Rukh smiles, “He says, he has got a full-on commercial film up his sleeve this time, which he wants to make with me.” If Anurag Kashyap is keen to open his account with Shah Rukh Khan, so is younger brother, Abhinav Kashyap. “Abhinav had met me soon after Dabangg was released but I don’t know what is happening thereafter,” explains Shah Rukh, adding, “He wanted to make a film with me but he also has the subject of a rom-com ready for a younger actor.”

SRK: I have decided not to do Vishal Bhardwaj’s 2 States

What about Vishal Bhardwaj’s film based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel, 2 States? “I have decided not to do that film,” admits the actor. “Too many people were saying too many things about the film and so, I lost interest in the project. I told Vishal, I wouldn’t want to work in this film. But I’ll definitely do a film with him. He is very talented, hardworking and very sincere.” Shah Rukh then reveals what he jocularly told Vishal: “I told him, we’ll not make a dark film, we will shoot with a lot of lights. In fact, when Adi (Aditya Chopra), Vishal and I met together, Adi told him to keep the ending of his proposed film starring me, completely commercial. Why, I jokingly asked him to shoot his climax first, and then the rest of the film.” The actor is all praise for Vishal’s musical genius too. Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express finds a definite place in Shah Rukh’s dates diary. “Rohit has completed writing the first half of Chennai Express, and it is damn good,” reveals Khan.

Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan

SRK: I’m not playing any role in Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year

Denying rumours that he is acting in Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year, Shah Rukh reveals, “No I’m not playing any role in the film. My name will adorn its credit titles as one of the producers because Karan feels, I must be a joint producer in every film he makes.” So what is Shah Rukh Khan’s plan of action before he leaves for Dubai in December-end? In the next 33 days, he would, of course, be promoting Don 2. He also intends devoting time to all the aforementioned filmmakers he is in conversation with for their films. “I need to understand which films I would be starting and when,” says Shah Rukh. “I intend sitting in my new office for two-three days and meeting Anurag Basu, Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bhardwaj, etc.”

There is one more film Shah Rukh Khan is kicked about and that is his friend, Sanjay Ray Chaudhuri’s (cofounder of the Network 18 group with Raghav Bahl) debut film. “Sanjay and I are friends since college days,” explains the actor. All of this means that Shah Rukh will be busier than the proverbial bee once the New Year sets in.

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