Shah Rukh Khan’s superhero fantasy adventure, RA.One, has the rumour mills buzzing overtime. Director Anubhav Sinha admits that he’s heard some funny stories but perhaps the most absurd one was that Shah Rukh and his nemesis, Arjun Rampal, share 21 superhero costumes between them, each of which reportedly cost $1 million.
“That would mean that we’ve spent $ 21 million that’s equivalent to Rs 90 crore on these costumes alone. How ridiculous is that!” he scoffs. “Yes, there are 21 costumes and they are expensive. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that they are the most expensive clothes either actor has ever worn. But still, they are not that pricey even if they cost far more than the Armanis and Dolce & Gabbanas that Shah Rukh and Arjun have in their wardrobes.”
It’s common knowledge by now that both the stars lost a lot of weight to get into the the costumes, which makes them a must-have for those aiming to shed some extra kilos in a hurry. They could even market a line of superhero designer wear. “That’s a thought,” Anubhav laughs. “Shah Rukh and Arjun lost a lot of weight thanks to these outfits. They are non-porous, and so you tend to sweat a lot. Both my stars had become really skinny even though I didn’t realise that initially because I was seeing them everyday. Shah Rukh, poor guy, had to eat double the amount he usually does, to get back to normal.”
Did Anubhav ever get into one of these costumes too, you wonder, to cut down on a few inches and ounces? “No way!” he retorts. “Why would I need to wear them? This film has kept me on my toes literally. Just last week, shuttling between three studios where the background score was being recorded, I must have sprinted close to 50 kilometres. I don’t even get time to eat, drink or sleep. So I’ve anyway cut down on the inches and ounces.”
However, Anubhav admits that his star-producer had once joked that if the film went on to do a certain percentage of business, they would all wear the superhero costumes and go watch the film together. “And since what Shah Rukh expects is not an impossible dream, you might just see me in those tights some day,” he chuckles.
Arjun has admitted that he’d like to keep one of the costumes as a memento. What about Anubhav? “Arjun can keep them all,” he says. “I can happily live with my memories.”