Sunday, 3 March 2013

Did we hear it right? Big B, SRK to be in Balki's next venture

Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh KhanBollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan are set to be seen together once again, in R. Balki's next film.

The two stalwarts were last seen together in Ravi Chopra's 2008 production Bhootnath, where Big B starred in the lead role while SRK had a special appearance.

The last film where they featured in starring roles was Karan Johar's 2006 hit, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. Big B and SRK have also shared screen space in Aditya Chopra's Mohabbatein, Yash Chopra's Veer-Zaara and Amol Palekar's Paheli.

The buzz doing the rounds is that Balki's new film will be co-produced by Big B's banner ABCL and SRK's production house, Red Chillies Entertainment. The two superstars will also reportedly be involved in the distribution of the film besides facing the camera for the project.

"The content of the film is a closely guarded secret but the two actors have agreed to work in the project because of its unique and interesting storyline," an industry source said, adding that Balki had been hunting for a script that would suit both Big B and SRK for a while now, and has finally found it.

While this is the first time that Shah Rukh will be associated with a Balki project, Big B has starred in both movies the filmmaker has directed so far. He was the hero of Balki's 2007 debut directorial feature Cheeni Kum, and then essayed a National Awardwinning performance in the 2009 hit, Paa.

Currently, Big B is shooting for Prakash Jha's Satyagraha in Bhopal.

SRK, meanwhile, is busy wrapping up Rohit Shetty's Chennai Express. Balki's previous projects have dealt with unusual subjects and have always had a surprise element for the audience. Cheeni Kum, for instance, was a mature romance that narrated the love story of an eccentric and aged chef played by Big B. In Paa, he cast the actor as a 13-year-old suffering from the rare illness, progeria.

Though Balki is tight-lipped about his next project with Big B and SRK, industry insiders believe it will once again deal with an unconventional story.

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