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Taapsee Pannu on her Dunki co-star Shah Rukh Khan: ‘Even before I met him, his journey…’

Taapsee Pannu and Shah Rukh Khan film Dunki will reportedly highlight the rampant use of an illegal backdoor route called 'Donkey Flight' by Indians to immigrate to countries like Canada and USA.

taapsee on shah rukh khanDunki marks Taapsee Pannu's first screen outing with Shah Rukh Khan. (Photo: Taapsee Pannu/Instagram, Shah Rukh Khan/Instagram)

Bollywood star Taapsee Pannu says for an ardent fan like her, working in Shah Rukh Khan-led movie Dunki is a personal achievement. Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani is directing the movie from a script he co-wrote with Abhijaat Joshi and Kanika Dhillon.

As per media reports, Dunki will highlight the rampant use of an illegal backdoor route called ‘Donkey Flight’ by Indians to immigrate to countries like Canada and USA.

Taapsee Pannu, whose next theatrical release will be Shabaash Mithu, said Shah Rukh Khan’s films were her introduction to Bollywood.

“For me, introduction to films happened in college. I haven’t seen many films in theatre in school (days) because we would hardly watch films in my house. So, a lot of Shah Rukh Khan films became my first few films that I have seen,” the 34-year-old actor told PTI.

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For Pannu, working on Dunki with two of her favourites — Khan and Hirani — is a dream come true. “When you end up getting the opportunity to work with him, it becomes the golden opportunity. And combine with the fact that it is going to be directed by Rajkumar Hirani, whose films are classics, it doesn’t get better. I don’t know how will I even ever up it,” she added.

The Delhi-born actor said she feels deeply connected with the journey and rise of Shah Rukh Khan, who also hails from the national capital.

“He comes from Delhi, same place like me, started from scratch. I don’t miss the opportunity to tell him every time that he is someone who we consider very personal. Even before I met him, his journey felt too personal because of how he started and built an empire for himself,” she said.


Taapsee Pannu has earlier played the lead role in SRK’s 2019 production Badla, also starring Amitabh Bachchan and Amrita Singh.

The actor said she had limited interactions with the 56-year-old superstar during Badla. “From there to doing a film with him as a co-star, is really big,” she added.

Dunki went on floors in April following an official announcement by Shah Rukh Khan on social media. Pannu shared the team has finished the first schedule of the movie.


Backed by JIO Studios, Red Chillies Entertainment and Rajkumar Hirani Films, Dunki is set to be released in theatres on December 22, 2023.

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First published on: 28-06-2022 at 08:28:05 pm
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