'My relationship with Shah Rukh too deep to need formalities'
Bollywood producer Viveck Vaswani didn't visit Shah Rukh Khan in the hospital though it was an accident on the sets of his Dulha Mil Gaya after which the star's shoulder condition necessitated a surgery. Vaswani says their friendship is too deep to need such formalities.
"I had no intentions of visiting Shah Rukh in the hospital. Our relationship is much bigger and higher than such courtesy calls," Vaswani, who has been waiting for the superstar's dates to shoot a song of the qawaali genre with Sushmita Sen for the film, told IANS.
"We know each other for close to a couple of decades now and the last thing I wanted was to make his surgery a platform for my film to capitalise on. I would rather chat with him on phone or SMS him," he added.
Asked about the Shah Rukh's shoulder accident on the sets of Dulha Mil Gaya a few weeks back, Vaswani said: "Don't remind me of that. In any case, I continue to feel terribly guilty about him getting injured on the sets of my film. It is unfortunate that something like that happened on my sets."
Though Shah Rukh's surgery would mean a re-look at the film's release plans, Viveck is taking it in his stride.
"I have anyway waited for some time so a few more weeks here and there won't make a difference. I will wait till he gets well. The qawaali is an important part of the film and I want him to begin shooting for it only when he is completely well," he said.
The filmmaker continues to maintain that Shah Rukh's presence in the film is a personal favour.
"Of course he has done me a favour by consenting to be a part of my film. I am not just happy but grateful that Shah Rukh walked into the project without asking any questions. When I requested him to join the cast of Dulha Mil Gaya, he just asked me about the details related to logistics. Now that's the greatness of this man."
Also starring Fardeen Khan, Tara Sharma and Johny Lever, Dulha Mil Gaya is written and directed by Mudassar Aziz. Lalit Pandit has composed the music.