Here’s Why Aanand L Rai Went to SRK With Zero Script & Not Salman
Shah Rukh Khan with his<i> Zero</i> director Aanand L Rai.
Shah Rukh Khan with his Zero director Aanand L Rai.(Photo: Yogen Shah)

Here’s Why Aanand L Rai Went to SRK With Zero Script & Not Salman

During the trailer launch of Zero, Shah Rukh Khan said that Salman Khan called him and suggested that he do Zero. He had said, “It's not true that he (Aanand L Rai) asked a lot of people... Salman had actually called me and said, ‘There’s this film, do it’”.

When The Quint got a chance to chat with the filmmaker Aanand L Rai, he told us he did pitch the film to Salman but after the script was developed, he never went back to him. He said he had this idea after Raanjhanaa.

I got an opportunity to meet Salman bhai and I pitched the idea that there is a story like this and he said, ‘very nice when you develop the script just tell me.’

But after the script developed he never went back to Salman Khan.

No, I never went to Salman for a reason, that I knew that this story has taken a different route altogether. But I am happy to have Salman bhai in the film in a cameo. It is brilliant to see both of them together, it’s fun.
Aanand L Rai, Filmmaker

By the time he finished the story, he felt this was made for somebody like Shah Rukh Khan because it had a very strong love story and more than a love story, it had a character romancing with life, which he thought was SRK’s forte.

But when asked about why he chose such a superstar to play the role of Bauua, a vertically challenged man, the filmmaker sounded very confident about his choice.

I needed somebody big enough, and secure enough. Because what I wanted to show was that, even if I take away those two feet from you, nothing changes in you. For that, I needed an actor who is very sure about what he has done in life. I never wanted any kind of insecurity in the head and Shah Rukh has always been a gutsy actor. So that was my need.
Aanand L Rai, Filmmaker

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