I’m not doing a film with Shah Rukh: Santosh Sivan

November 11th, 2008 - 9:30 am ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Nov 11 (IANS) Director Santosh Sivan is puzzled by reports that he is set to make an FX-driven fantasy film with superstar Shah Rukh Khan.”I’m still scripting the fantasy film. And the screenplay is a long way from being completed. So how can I be thinking of casting? And I’m not doing a film with Shah Rukh at all,” said Sivan, who had directed Shah Rukh in “Asoka”.

Shah Rukh apparently wants to make a big-budget FX film for his son’s sake and Anubhav Sinha is said to be directing his dream project. Though Sinha refuses to comment on the progress of the movie, it’s learnt that the film is to be titled “Ra.One” and that the title was suggested by King Khan himself.

“In fact, Shah Rukh is taking very keen interest in the scripting of ‘Ra.One’ and director Sinha would like Shah Rukh to be credited as a screenwriter for the project, if and when SRK’s production house Red Chillies actually sets down to make this ambitious sci-fi thriller,” an industry source said.

The film will go on floors once the star completes his current projects - Aditya Chopra’s “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” to be followed by Karan Johar’s “My Name Is Khan”.

“In fact, the two projects are Shah Rukh’s immediate and complete priority right now. He was supposed to start Karan’s film earlier this year. But Karan allowed Adi to take his hero’s dates and cameraman (Ravi Chandran).

“Now Shah Rukh will complete Karan’s film. Only then will he think of doing an FX film. That, in any case, requires tremendous preparation,” the source added.

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