When film-maker Maneesh Sharma met Shah Rukh Khan 12 years ago, little did he know that he would go on to direct the actor in the future. “In 2004, I had decided to move to Mumbai to make films. I had a concept in mind and I wanted to meet some top actors to discuss it. Mr Khan was the first one on my priority list. I managed to connect with him with the help of his spot boy. SRK was very gracious and asked me to meet him,” recalls the film-maker, whose upcoming directorial features the star.
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Maneesh says he was surprised when he reached SRK’s house. “When I reached Mannat, I was amazed to see so many fans standing outside his residence. Somewhere, I felt good that I could cut through the crowd. That’s when the idea of my next struck me,” he says, adding that there are a lot of commonalities between Shah Rukh and him. “We studied in the same college in Delhi and had the same drama teachers. It felt really good when I shared this information with him. We chatted for almost an hour. He came till the gate to see me off. I was surprised,” says Maneesh.
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