The movie ‘Saare Jahan Se Accha’, a biopic on the life of Indian astronaut, is still looking for a leading man after Shah Rukh Khan walked out of it. 

Couple of weeks ago, it was reported that Shah Rukh Khan has decided to walk out of the movie after his last movie ‘Zero’ failed miserably at the box-office. There were reports that Shah Rukh was sceptical to venture into another space film after ‘Zero’

At a panel discussion at FICCI Frames, writer Anjum Rajabali said that Shah Rukh Khan backed out of the project as he was shaken up by the failure of ‘Zero’.

“If you're asking me, there was a problem with the script (of 'Zero'). Himanshu (Sharma, the writer) is a very talented person but things go wrong sometimes. I don't think he said no to 'Saare Jahan Se Achcha' because of the space (angle). I think he's also pretty shaken up, he was banking a lot on that," Anjum said while moderating a panel discussion 'Screenwriters: The Creative Force Powering Indian Cinema's New Surge'.

Anjum said asking question about ‘Saare Jahan Se Achha’ was "dukhti rag pe haath rakhna" (hitting a raw nerve) but made an observation about how often makers blame everything else but the script when a film fails. "This whole practice and culture of postmortem, of analysing what went wrong hasn't really caught on. What happens then is, there are knee-jerk reactions rather than responses even from the makers," he said.

"Oh, it (the failure) could be because of the space and hence we put two into two together. Oh it's because the time wasn't right, nobody wants to see a star in a disabled person's role.' It could also well be that there was a problem with the DNA of the script."

Anjum, who has penned films like ‘Ghulam’, ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’ and ‘Raajneeti’, said a writer should also be involved in this "honest introspection to be able to determine where did things go wrong." "Most of the times, when a film doesn't connect in spite of the fact that the idea was good, director was talented and the stars were attractive, it's because the script has gone wrong. That's where we need to be investing in."

According to the latest grapevine though, the makers are keen on casting Vicky Kaushal as the male lead for the ambitious space project.