When Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra said no to Shahrukh

Two filmmakers who have created the legend of Bollywood’s baadshah of romance politely declined his offer to direct his superhero flick, Ra.One. The job finally went to Anubav Sinha

Their friendship is a part of Bollywood folklore. Today, the iconic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge which marks the start of the bond between Aditya Chopra and Shahrukh Khan completes its 16th year. Given that, it seems quite odd that Aditya refused to direct Shahrukh in his soon-to-release superhero super-budget film. Initially, when Anubhav Sinha was announced as the director of RA.One, we were surprised, because we thought he didn’t have much of a track record to boast about; we thought that the best filmmakers in B-town, close buddies of the star, would have been more than happy to step in to help King Khan. We were wrong. Recently SRK said in an interview that he had initially approached Aditya Chopra and Karan Johar to direct his home-production, but neither was interested. While we totally understand that both Adi and KJo are not makers of action films, given their equation with SRK it seemed a logical partnership. Also, it would have been very difficult to say no to the guy who gave their production houses their cult status, or so we believed. What was even more surprising is that they didn’t even let him borrow one of their in-house directors like Shimit Amin or Sanjay Gadhvi, because of which SRK had to settle for Anubhav Sinha. If you remember, Anubhav’s last film was a dud called Cash. Maybe he was taken on board because then Shahrukh could have the last word – there were stories about that when Paheli was made with Amol Palekar at the helm…think back and you will know what we speak of. We wonder what transpired behind the hi-tech scenes of Ra.One, but Sinha is definitely one lucky guy, no?