Seven months ago, Shah Rukh Khan asked the writers of his forthcoming film, RA.One to include a scene for Rajinikanth. Unfortunately, it was around then that the Southern star fell ill. “I shot it with a duplicate thinking maybe I’ll keep it, maybe not. Then recently, I got the courage to contact him because I met his doctor in London, who told me he’s better. I’m a big fan, so I called him and said, ‘I’d really like you to do a part.’ He was very sweet and he said, ‘I’m still unwell for a month and want to rest’,” says Khan.
But four days ago, Khan received a call from Rajni’s daughter, with good news. “We’ve sent her the shot because we’re running short of time. They have a method where they shoot his face, as he may not be able to do the physical part of the sequence, but we’re still hoping. We might have Chitti in the film. If that happens, it’ll be really cool. RA.One will be complete if Rajni sir is part of it as Chitti,” says the excited actor, whose film releases on October 26.
The Anubhav Sinha directorial will see Khan play the superhero, G.One, and Arjun Rampal as RA.One, his on-screen nemesis. It’s also a father-son story that involves stepping in and out of the virtual world of a video game. Most would join those dots to spell Tron: Legacy (2010), but Khan denies it. “No, not Tron. It’s inspired by Terminator... actually it’s not. I gave it a tribute,” he says, adding that his character utters the legendary line, ‘I’ll be back,’ that Arnold Schwarzenegger made famous in the 1991 hit, Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Khan is also agitated about constantly being asked whether he’s copied his look and poster from various other such films: “Of course it’s like Spiderman and Batman, it’s a superhero film! It’s like any other, it’s not trying to reinvent the genre.”
The actor recently wrapped up shoot for Farhan Akhtar’s Don 2, which like RA.One, will also release in 3D. “In the next, I’ll be holographic,” jokes the actor, who on Wednesday, launched the tie-up between his film and Nokia’s new range of mobile phones equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology that allows users to access wireless information about the movie.