RA.One hasn’t completed its theatrical run as yet. And actor-producer Shah Rukh Khan has already started planning three more films — one each with directors Rohit Shetty, Vishal Bhardwaj and Anurag Kashyap. Talks with the filmmakers are already on and the actor is even interested in casting himself in the projects. But he is unsure whether he will be producing the films entirely or co-producing them.
But there is another movie that he wants to produce. “My friend has tentatively titled his project VJ. It’s a funny film with a social message. It’s about a set of people who want to make it big in life, but their poor command on the English language becomes a barrier. The script needs some work, we’ll start on it soon,” says Shah Rukh, who turned 46 on Wednesday. The actor now plans to spend at least a month at home with wife Gauri, and teach son Aryan and daughter Suhana, math and history.
When asked why he plans to have three movies on floors within the next 365 days under his banner, Shah Rukh says, “We need to put a lot of things together. And we must get cracking on some more projects quickly, after a little break, because that’s how a production company, like mine, can grow. We use our own equipment and put in our own money. So, we need to do more, and most importantly, better work than our previous productions.”
There was news that Bhardwaj decided to cast Ranbir Kapoor in the film adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States, after waiting for SRK for months to allot dates. To this, Shah Rukh says that he had walked out of the project over six months ago and now, Vishal and he plan to collaborate on another film altogether.
“There were too many heads popping up in that project, wanting to direct and act. I don’t want to be part of frivolous gossip closer to the film’s release. I opted out,” he recalls, adding, “Vishal messaged me a few days ago for a narration of another script.”
For now, the actor and his other producer partners are busy counting the bucks they’ve earned from RA.One. According to trade figures, this is SRK’s first film to have crossed the Rs 100 crore mark overall at the box office. “We had invested Rs 125 crore and we’ve made some money. My partners are happy. I’ve nothing to complain about,” he says.