Shah Rukh Khan is often called ‘King of Romance’ as the actor has starred in various romantic films winning the hearts of millions.
Director Aanand L Rai has worked with Shah Rukh Khan for the very first time in ‘Zero’ and the filmmaker said that in ‘Zero’ the actor will make you fall in love with life.
“The film is about incompleteness of any form - be it emotional or physical. But it has nothing to do with happiness. The film is about ‘let’s celebrate life in any form’. This film makes me feel very dreamy,” Rai told PTI in an interview.
“I being on wheelchair can be a happier person than you. It is about accepting all the flaws and weaknesses and celebrate life. It is about romancing life not surviving. Don’t survive... live,” he added.
Rai said that though his lead character is vertically challenged and Anushka’s role is that of a woman with cerebral palsy, he does not want the audiences to feel “sympathetic” towards them.
“I never wanted anybody to have sympathy or to have pity on my characters. As I have not treated them that way. He being vertically challenged person, she being on the wheel chair becomes secondary, what becomes primary is the chemistry, the wit and the humour, this should be the way to see people.” Set in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, Zero falls in the same slice-of-life bracket that Rai is known for. “Zero is all about soul. This looks huge because of the demand of the story. But it is a very simple film,” he said.
The director revealed that he has been working on the movie for 5 years. The director said that the basic idea always revolved around a vertically challenged person and he wanted to make the film on a huge scale.
“I had the idea before Tanu Weds Manu Returns. It was always a heavy film, it was always with VFX. That time there was an idea, we had a vertically challenged man then also,” he said.
Shah Rukh Khan’s previous few movies have failed to create any impact on the box-office. But the director isn’t worried.
“His last couple of films have not done that well as expected but he went ahead and said ‘yes’ to a film. That is tough. But who else can afford to do this? Only Shah Rukh could have done this... when people are expecting you to do something that just works on box office. He is doing both – something that works at the box office and introduce something new,” he concluded.
‘Zero’ also stars Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma and has been directed by Aanand L Rai.
The movie also stars plethora of special appearances from stars like Sridevi, Kajol, Rani Mukerji, Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone and Karisma Kapoor making a cameo. The movie will also see Abhay Deol and R Madhavan in special appearances and Salman Khan in the much-awaited track with Shah Rukh Khan, whose glimpse was shared on Eid.
‘Zero’ is the story of Bauua, a vertically challenged man played by Shah Rukh. Katrina plays a superstar and details of Anushka’s character haven’t been revealed so far.
‘Zero’ will be released during the Christmas season on December 21.