Rajinikanth, Shah Rukh together… finally

October 4th, 2011 - 1:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Shah Rukh Khan Mumbai, Oct 4 (IANS) The long-delayed moment in cinematic history finally happened when two superstars - Rajinikanth and Shah Rukh Khan - shot together for “Ra.One” at Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods studio.

The mighty Tamil icon arrived with his younger daughter Soundarya who single-handedly made the historic scene possible. The rest of Rajinikanth’s family was apparently totally against his one-day break from his sabbatical and the process of recuperation.

In fact, Rajinikanth’s elder daughter Aishwarya categorically told this writer a few days ago that the super icon was not shooting for “Ra.One”!

But Rajini did arrive here Sunday with Soundarya and her team of technicians.

In the afternoon, the megastar and his team headed for Ghai’s studio and shot the scene amidst an environment of incredible bonhomie.

Shah Rukh then bid goodbye to the semi-ailing Chennai God.

King Khan and his “Ra.One” team later headed straight for the studios to put the scene in place.

“Ra.One” now stands officially complete.

Sound designer Resul Pookutty took time off from post-production of “Ra.One” to describe the “humbling, inspiring, overwhelming experience” of watching the two superstars shoot together.

“The shooting went off like a dream. Watching Rajini Sir and SRK together was indeed a dream come true. The shooting went off so gracefully and with so much finesse. This is truly a great tribute from one superstar to an icon,” said Resul.

“The ‘Ra.One’ team feels the film is complete now after Rajini Sir’s shooting. Both Rajini Sir and Shah Rukh in one frame together are like wildfire! They were so comfortable together. It was hard to imagine they had never shot together before,” Resul added.

Resul felt the shooting couldn’t have happened without Soundrya’s support.

“She came to Mumbai with her team to oversee every detail of the shooting. There is no one like Rajinikanth. He proved it when he set aside his health concerns and came to Mumbai on Sunday,” Resul noted.

“The ‘Ra.One’ team can’t thank him enough,” said Resul adding: “If he had not shot for us, ‘Ra.One’ would’ve remained incomplete.”

A witness said, “Shah Rukh and Rajini Sir hit it off instantaneously. It was almost like their sequence together was meant to happen.”

“Shah Rukh and Rajni Sir were so comfortable with one another. Shah Rukh made the senior superstar so comfortable. There was no doubt that Shah Rukh is Rajinikanth’s fan and he didn’t hide it on Sunday afternoon as he faced the icon for the camera,” the witness said.

Apparently the only other time when King Khan felt so humbled while shooting with a co-star was when he shot with Amitabh Bachchan for the first time, and with that other doyen of Tamil cinema - Kamal Haasan - in “Hey Ram”.

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