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.
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.