Updated: July 18, 2021 8:43:10 am
Shah Rukh Khan and Yash Chopra enjoyed an on-screen partnership and real-life relationship very few in the industry can claim to have with each other. But the beginning of this equation could be credited to Shah Rukh’s contemporary, Aamir Khan. In an interview with Notch magazine in 2013, costume designer-turned-producer Shabina Khan shared how Aamir had suggested SRK to call up Yash as he was casting for the 1993 thriller Darr.
Shabina said Aamir strongly believed that Shah Rukh would be perfect for the role of Rahul, a young man who becomes violent after the woman (Juhi Chawla) he loves doesn’t reciprocate his feelings.
In the interview, Shabina Khan said, “I’d like to share a strange, career-defining incident that took place. This happened at Salman’s annual Eid party, and everyone was in attendance – from Aamir to Shah Rukh to the top heroines of the 90s. The party was winding up and I was among the last to leave.”
The costume designer-turned-producer continued, “Aamir Khan, SRK, Gauri, and I were standing in Salman’s compound when Aamir told Shah Rukh about a narration he heard the previous day. Though he refused the film, he strongly thought that Shah Rukh was perfect for the role and urged him to call Yash Chopra for the same. The film was Darr, and in that one casual conversation Aamir literally handed over Yash Chopra and Yash Raj banners to Shah Rukh. Darr made a hero out of a villain, history was written for Shah Rukh Khan, as he became Yash Raj’s favourite actor and Yash uncle’s eternal ‘Rahul’.”
Two years after Darr, Yash Chopra produced Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), which marked the directorial debut of the former’s son Aditya Chopra. Shah Rukh went on to work with both Yash and Aditya for their banner Yash Raj Films in movies like Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Mohabattein (2000), Veer Zara (2004), Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012).
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