Director Gauri Shinde, who has directed Shah Rukh Khan in her second film Dear Zindagi, said initially she was enamoured by the superstar but discovered that he doesn’t throw his weight around. “We did meetings and readings together before we started shooting. The first day of the shoot was like Oh My God both for me and Alia Bhatt. It strikes you this is Shah Rukh Khan and you become aware of his personality,” Gauri said.
“But because of the person he is, he doesn’t come there with the baggage of being a star but he comes as an actor and
puts in his best and helps all of us. He is so supportive. The first day went and it was stress-free,” she said. When Gauri narrated the story of Dear Zindagi to the My Name Is Khan star he liked the idea and agreed to come on
Ask her if it was an immediate yes from SRK, she said, “Yes it was fortunately and luckily.” After getting Shah Rukh on board for the film Gauri did not alter the story or plot line of this film. “He (Shah Rukh) is a director’s dream. If he had anything to do (add or remove or change to the story) he would have done it early at the basic stage. We agreed on almost everything. We worked as a team and not thinking he is a super star.”
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The 42-year-old director revealed that SRK never directed to make changes to the script. “He (Shah Rukh) never comes and tells you to change the script, he will never do that. If he feels he has to change certain things he will tell it politely, he will ask your permission. He is respectful of the boundaries of an actor and director. It shows trust and faith he has in the project.”
While working on the film so closely with Khan, the “English Vinglish” helmer said she subconsciously learned the
basic things of acting and filmmaking. “We all learn things from our co stars, all the time you are learning. He (Shah Rukh) has said working with Alia is a new experience for him. With every experience you learn something or the other about acting, filmmaking, process etc,” she added. Dear Zindagi also stars Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kunal Kapoor and Angad Bedi and will release on November 25.
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