“SRK shot for a sword sequence in Asoka from 6 am to 4 pm”
I met SRK for the primary time in the course of the shoot of Asoka. I believe it was in 2001-02. We have been taking pictures someplace round Maheshwar. Santosh Sivan was directing Asoka and he was the movie’s DOP too. I had labored with Sivan on my first Malayalam movie. He works in a super-fast method. We have been taking pictures for a sword battle sequence the place some goons assault Kareena Kapoor and her child and SRK involves their rescue. Everytime you meet somebody for the primary time, you have a tendency to select up their vibe. I received a really optimistic vibe from Shah Rukh bhai, once we hugged.
It was a really troublesome shoot. Santosh was taking pictures it with a handheld digital camera setup from 6 am to 4 pm. I believe we took greater than 100 photographs by the point we accomplished the battle sequence. It was a troublesome shoot for SRK as he needed to do sword preventing all through the day. The goons he was preventing would get relaxation when their shot was performed however SRK didn’t.
Within the climax sequence, I knew that Shah Rukh bhai was not snug with the horse, however he by no means confirmed it whereas driving. Whereas doing motion, an actor must belief the motion director. He was good sufficient to belief me. I had a good time working with him.
For an additional sequence, an actor was supposed play a small half. However an evening earlier than the shoot, SRK and Santosh deliberate that they are going to get me to play that half. Once I went to the set, they instructed me to prepare. I used to be taken to a conceit van abruptly and I needed to placed on the rise up for the half and play it. I really like working with SRK. I can’t consider a single dangerous day or expertise whereas working with him.
“In Don, Shah Rukh pulled off a harmful automotive stunt on his personal”
After Asoka, I started working with SRK on the Don remake. I did the India schedule of the movie. There’s one incident which is able to all the time stick with me. There’s a spot referred to as Bodi close to the Maharashtra-Gujarat border. The black automotive chase sequence was shot there. The motion sequence was such that a number of blasts happen round SRK’s automotive and the automotive emerges by means of that fireside. One digital camera was rigged contained in the automotive. It was purported to be a one-take shot as a result of the automotive needed to go by means of the hearth wall. Such sequences hold you in your toes and also you pray that every little thing seems protected and correct. You’ll be able to’t afford to take an opportunity. The automotive was rushing at 70 kmph. It takes a whole lot of braveness for an actor to drag off a stunt like that. Loads depends upon an actor’s presence of thoughts. I confirmed SRK a shot performed by a stunt double. His response was easy, “You do what you need to do. All that I must do is to drive at 70 kmph pace, proper?” I mentioned, “Sure”. He mentioned, “Don’t fear. I’ll do it.” I used to be amazed by that. Hats off to Shah Rukh bhai. Fortunately, any individual from the crew had captured that shot on cellular, too. At any time when I consider that shoot, I get goosebumps. That’s SRK’s nature, his perception in himself and the crew.
“Om Shanti Om’s high-risk fireplace sequence stored everybody on the sting”
I can do the largest motion sequences, however I get very emotional concerning the sequences the place increased threat is concerned. Considered one of such sequences was the hearth sequence from Om Shanti Om. We have been taking pictures in Movie Metropolis. The sequence had a whole lot of massive curtains, which have been purported to catch fireplace. There have been three cameras, the actors, and folks from my workforce. A unit of about 125 individuals can be contained in the studio. SRK was comfy about that too. He mentioned, “Koi baat nahin Paaji. Foremost yahan se nikal jaunga. Aap stress mat lo.” Deepika was concerned in close-ups and we used a physique double within the large angles. However SRK did all photographs by himself. His perception in himself is outstanding. I name him a real pathan. Darr naam ki koi cheez hee nahin hain unn mein (He is not afraid of something). He’s very organised and has an ideal presence of thoughts. He’s a really dedicated and concerned actor.
“SRK’s gesture made me and my spouse Veena’s eyes properly up”
I believe the movie business can learn to respect an individual from Shah Rukh Khan. You are feeling so humbled and blessed the best way he treats you. We nonetheless share the identical bond we shared once we met throughout Asoka. We communicate in Punjabi with one another. He’s so heat with individuals.
In 2019’s Filmfare Awards, Vicky and Shah Rukh bhai have been internet hosting the present. If I’m going to an award operate, I sit wherever they inform me to sit down. I had gone to that present as a result of my son was co-hosting it. SRK and Vicky got here to the stage and SRK began speaking stuff that was not within the script and he requested whether or not I’m within the viewers. I used to be sitting within the fifth or sixth row with my spouse. All of the cameras turned to me. SRK instructed Vicky, “Once I was new within the business, your father taught me loads.” He went on to disclose much more. Everybody’s focus was on us. I received so emotional that I felt like crying. With God’s grace, I’ve acquired many awards in my profession, however I’ll always remember that second at Filmfare.
Later, I requested Vicky whether or not it was all a part of a script. Vicky revealed it wasn’t. After they have been coming from their vainness van in direction of the stage SRK requested him, “Sham ji bhi aaye hue hain?” Vicky instructed him that I used to be attending the award operate. Then SRK requested, “Tumhari Mummy bhi aayi hui hain? Kya naam hai unka?”. Vicky instructed him that her identify is Veena. Each Veena and I have been in tears due to the best way SRK gave significance to us that night time.
It is moments like these that made him Shah Rukh Khan. I instructed my youngsters that these moments are nice learnings. You’ll be able to see video footages of each time I’ve received an award, if SRK was internet hosting it, he has typically mentioned good issues about me. These gestures are greater than any award for me.