There was euphoric excitement inside the YRF Yash Raj Studios at Andheri West. That’s because the ‘Badshah Khan was seen in the premises of the Yash Raj studios emerging from his lavish vanity van and mingling with the crew and his team. If insiders are to be believed, co-producer SRK is believed to be commencing shooting of his next mega-movie ‘Pathan’ today, and an official announcement is expected very soon. Unfortunately, SRK’s last-released movie ‘Zero’ ( 2018) failed to strike it big at the box-office .
But the resilient, dimpled, charismatic Khan was in no jaldbaazi to sign on more films, until he was thrilled with the subject. So he is expected to resume work with director Siddharth Anand ( of ‘War’ fame), whose subject ‘Pathan’ apparently fascinated the exuberant Khan who was otherwise also busy shooting ad-films as a top-celeb-model for products including the popular on-line academic learning app ‘Byju’. . Meanwhile, enterprising fans-friendly Shah Rukh –bhai has opened his luxurious well-furnished Delhi residence ( at Panchsheel Park) for a vacation rental company. Enthuses Shah Rukh on social media, “ With so many fond memories of our early days in New Delhi, the city holds a special place in our hearts.
My wife Gauri has redesigned our Delhi house and filled it with love and moments of nostalgia. Here’s a chance for you to be our guest with air, bed and breakfast,” he has declared.
It is incredible to note that although the ‘blessed-by-destiny’ God-fearing Shah Rukh had no filmy lineage and no filmy Godfathers to launch him when he made his Bollywod debut Except for a few supporting professional buddy friends like eminent producer-actor Viveck Vaswani, he had no full-on backing of any top production house during his initial struggle-phase, like the way ‘star-sons’ have that by-birth privilege.
Shah Rukh had shared with me in the past, “ You know Chaitany, by God’s grace and the blessings of both my Pareents, I have never really ‘struggled’ or experienced ‘rejection’. Many film-producers had seen my work in popular Doordarshan TV shows ‘Fauji’ and ‘Circus’ . Honestly I did not have to go around studios and production-offices showing my photos-portfolio and pleading for roles.
In fact I signed my first five films in a span of maybe just 30 hours,” smiled the chivalrous Khan who was very closely attached to his mother, who passed away before she could witness her son’s super-stardom success. “ My biggest regret is that the more I rise higher in life, the more I miss my mother, ” said Shah Rukh.