Anurag Kashyap: “Won’t go anywhere without making a film with SRK”

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In a recent interview, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap spoke about his long-standing friendship with Shah Rukh Khan. Despite this bond, the pair have not done a film together and Kashyap is determined that one day he will make a film with Khan, until then he won’t leave Bollywood.

Reported in The Indian Express, the interview took place at the ‘India and the world – The Changing Narrative’ film festival, a concept by writer Anuraadha Tewari. The ‘Bombay Talkies’ (2013) director reflected on his and Khan’s camaraderie and how there were several times when the two almost came close to working with each other.

‘No Smoking’ (2007) was one film that Khan wanted to do with the director, but was turned away and the role was given to John Abraham. Kashyap explains his decision, “Shah Rukh Khan wanted to do No Smoking, he was very upset when I went away from him. I also went to him with Allwyn Kalicharan. I wanted to do that with him and a big superstar from Hollywood. Everything was almost done but then again (it didn’t happen).”

But Kashyap quickly added he is optimistic that they will collaborate with each other soon. “But we will work together. I won’t go anywhere without making a film with Shah Rukh Khan.”

Khan also happens to be Kashyap’s Delhi University senior, so has said that he will only go to Khan with a script when “the actor looks at him as a filmmaker and not a junior.” For the ‘Gangs Of Wayssepur’ (2012) director, Khan has been like a big brother offering him advise on how to be successful in the industry. “He is my senior from university, he has been there like a big brother helping me. Shah Rukh is super successful. When he loves you, he approaches things like, in my struggling years, (he used to tell me), ‘If you do what I tell you to do, your problems will disappear’. But I didn’t want him to make my life, I love him to death.”

“I will write a film that will lure him. He should be attracted to it, he should be dying to do the film. That’s only when it can happen,” added Kashyap.

Even though there is a difference in opinion, Kashyap has high regard for Khan and says he is the only person who he can’t defy. “He is the only guy I can never speak up to. I can fight with the world but him. If he scolds me, l’ll sit in a corner and cry. He is someone I have this love for. He’s the only guy I can’t fight with. He always makes fun of me, bullies me. He says ‘Agar main bolta na woh Wasseypur ka dialogue toh teri picture zyada badi hit ho jaati.’ (If I had spoken the dialogues of Wasseypur, your film would have been a bigger hit) He’s like that. He is super charming, he can charm everyone around him,” says Kashyap.

Kashyap is currently promoting his next film ‘Mukkabaaz’, with his next ‘Manmarziyan’ commencing in February.

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