Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan will be seen playing a dwarf in Aanand L. Rai’s next directorial venture. (Shah Rukh Khan/Facebook photo)

NEW DELHI — His yet-untitled film will see Shah Rukh Khan playing a dwarf. Filmmaker Aanand L. Rai says this next directorial venture, which will go on floors in December, is an important project for both of them.

“It is a very important film not only for me but for all of us... because it is one of its kind. It has unique content. I have a reason to tell this story. I want to raise the bar for myself every time I make a film,” Rai said in an interview.

Deepika Padukone and Parineeti Chopra are in the fray to join SRK in the film, but the 45-year-old director did not confirm his leading lady’s name.

“We start shooting the film in December. I will announce the actress in a month’s time,” he said.

Rai is gearing up for the release of his production “Happy Bhag Jayegi,” which stars Abhay Deol, Diana Penty, Ali Fazal and Jimmy Sheirgill.

The filmmaker says he is enjoying his stint as a producer.

“Producing a film is a tough choice... direction comes naturally... I enjoy telling stories... I am not making movies that quickly so why not I help others tell their stories.”

“Happy Bhag Jayegi” is about a girl who accidentally crosses the border to Pakistan while running away from her wedding.

Deol, who plays a Pakistani boy, hopes people will come and watch the cross-border comedy.

“If an artiste wants to make a comedy film, then why not put that out, because it is another alternative to fighting with guns. Why shoot with a gun when you can shoot with a camera as well.

“Culturally we are not very different. In 70 years, no one can wipe out thousands of years of the same culture. I hope people will watch it,” Deol said.

Directed by Mudassar Aziz, “Happy Bhag Jayegi” hits theaters Aug. 19.

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