More than a decade after Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge stole the hearts of cinemagoers, the director-actor pair of Shah Rukh and Aditya Chopra are hoping to recreate its magic with yet another love story Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.
Bangalore based 19-year-old model, Anushka Sharma has been roped in under the Yash Raj banner to play the lead opposite King Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, whose shooting began with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka joining the first day of the shoot with director Aditya Chopra.
The films shooting started in Mumbai on Friday. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and debutant Anushka Sharma faced the camera for the mahurat (first ceremonial shot for a film) at Filmcity in suburban Mumbai.
SRK had a good run at the box-office in 2007 with hits like Chak De India and Om Shanti Om. Despite being busy with his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders and television show Kya Aap Panchvi Pass Se Tez Hai, the actor appeared chirpy and relaxed.
"Starting the first day of shooting still gives me goose bumps," he said while interacting briefly with mediapersons. Veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra was also present at the mahurat shoot.
"To make films with Yash Raj, that too when Adi (Aditya) is directing, is an experience that is more than 100 per cent exciting. Yash Raj Films is, and will always be, home for me and who does not love coming home," he remarked.
Shah Rukh said Yash Chopra and Adi have always given him roles that have been appreciated and loved by fans all over the world.
"This time Adi has again written a character for me to play that I think will become as beloved as Raj of DDLJ," he said but declined to divulge details of his new role and film.
Newcomer Anushka said she was eagerly looking forward to shooting with SRK. "My dream has just begun," she said.
Chopra is returning to film direction after a gap of eight years with this film that is scheduled for a December release. The film, a love story, is rumoured to be a desi version of Hollywood's classic romantic film My Fair Lady. "I am going to be trying to hit it out of the park with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi," Shah Rukh said.
Earlier, speculations were high that Anil Kapoor's daughter Sonam Kapoor, who debuted with Saawariya, will be the leading lady opposite king Khan but Sonam and Yash Raj denied it.
Aditya Chopra debuted with Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge which is memorable not only for its plot but also for acting as a launchpad for Shah Rukh Khan as the king of romance in the Indian film industry. Shah Rukh and Kajol later worked together in other films making them as one of the most successful pair of the Bollywood.
'DDLJ' thirteen years after its release continues to attract fans in Mumbai's Maratha Mandir theatre where it is still being run without a stop since it first released in 1995.