“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 feel it was in 2001-02. We had been capturing 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 had been capturing for a sword combat 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 choose up their vibe. I bought a really optimistic vibe from Shah Rukh bhai, once we hugged.
It was a really troublesome shoot. Santosh was capturing it with a handheld digicam setup from 6 am to 4 pm. I feel we took greater than 100 photographs by the point we accomplished the combat sequence. It was a troublesome shoot for SRK as he needed to do sword combating all through the day. The goons he was combating would get relaxation when their shot was carried out however SRK didn’t.
Within the climax sequence, I knew that Shah Rukh bhai was not comfy 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 one more sequence, an actor was supposed play a small half. However an evening earlier than the shoot, SRK and Santosh deliberate that they’ll get me to play that half. Once I went to the set, they advised me to prepare. I used to be taken to an arrogance van unexpectedly and I needed to placed on the rise up for the half and play it. I like working with SRK. I can’t consider a single unhealthy day or expertise whereas working with him.
“In Don, Shah Rukh pulled off a harmful automotive stunt on his personal”
After Asoka, I set to work with SRK on the Don remake. I did the India schedule of the movie. There’s one incident which can at all times stick with me. There’s a spot known 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 way of that fireside. One digicam was rigged contained in the automotive. It was speculated to be a one-take shot as a result of the automotive needed to go by way of the fireplace wall. Such sequences maintain you in your toes and also you pray that every part seems secure and correct. You possibly can’t afford to take an opportunity. The automotive was rushing at 70 kmph. It takes plenty of braveness for an actor to tug off a stunt like that. Lots is dependent upon an actor’s presence of thoughts. I confirmed SRK a shot carried out by a stunt double. His response was easy, “You do what it’s important to do. All that I must do is to drive at 70 kmph velocity, 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 person from the crew had captured that shot on cellular, too. Each time 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 saved everybody on the sting”
I can do the most important motion sequences, however I get very emotional in regards to the sequences the place greater danger is concerned. Certainly one of such sequences was the fireplace sequence from Om Shanti Om. We had been capturing in Movie Metropolis. The sequence had plenty of huge curtains, which had been speculated to catch fireplace. There have been three cameras, the actors, and folks from my crew. A unit of about 125 folks could be contained in the studio. SRK was comfortable about that too. He mentioned, “Koi baat nahin Paaji. Fundamental yahan se nikal jaunga. Aap pressure 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 exceptional. 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 excellent presence of thoughts. He’s a really dedicated and concerned actor.
“SRK’s gesture made me and my spouse Veena’s eyes nicely up”
I feel 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 converse in Punjabi with one another. He’s so heat with folks.
In 2019’s Filmfare Awards, Vicky and Shah Rukh bhai had been internet hosting the present. If I’m going to an award perform, 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 advised Vicky, “Once I was new within the business, your father taught me quite a bit.” He went on to disclose much more. Everybody’s focus was on us. I bought so emotional that I felt like crying. With God’s grace, I’ve obtained 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 had been coming from their vainness van in the direction of the stage SRK requested him, “Sham ji bhi aaye hue hain?” Vicky advised him that I used to be attending the award perform. Then SRK requested, “Tumhari Mummy bhi aayi hui hain? Kya naam hai unka?”. Vicky advised him that her identify is Veena. Each Veena and I had been in tears due to the best way SRK gave significance to us that evening.
It is moments like these that made him Shah Rukh Khan. I advised my children that these moments are nice learnings. You possibly can see video footages of every time I’ve bought an award, if SRK was internet hosting it, he has usually mentioned good issues about me. These gestures are greater than any award for me.