Shah Rukh Khan's on-screen journey has transcended genres, initially aspiring to be an action hero upon entering the film industry and later evolving into the unparalleled 'Romance King.' The warmth and emotion he brings to his films feel like a sweet, comforting hug. Destiny had its plans, introducing us to a superstar who feels like family to everyone. While he's currently embracing his action-hero dreams, the soft boy era of THE SHAH RUKH KHAN remains special and cherished. Though we are thrilled to witness his action-packed performances, the nostalgia of his romantic roles holds a unique place in our hearts.
Shah Rukh's charming romantic hero persona made every other director eager to cast him in their films, and one such filmmaker was Rakesh Roshan, a renowned director known for films like Koi… Mil Gaya, Krrish, Krrish 3, and more. Roshan not only launched his son, the currently acclaimed and handsome star Hrithik Roshan, but also cast him in the film 'Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai.' This movie marked the debut of Ameesha Patel, and the fresh faces involved led to its success as one of the blockbuster debut films in the history of Indian cinema. With its memorable songs, engaging storyline, and compelling characters, Hrithik's debut film continues to resonate in the hearts of the audience.
For Rakesh Roshan, the initial strong desire was to cast the Romance King Shah Rukh Khan in his romantic drama movie. However, it didn't happen.
In the interview with Galatta News, Hrithik Roshan shared anecdotes about the same incident and how he seized the opportunity from his father through constant requests, as his father told him to find his own ways to enter the industry and mentioned that he would not help in launching him as a hero.
Bollywood Greek God recalled saying, “My father told me time and time again, ‘I’m not going to make a film for you, you’re on your own’. So, I was doing screen tests, I did a couple of them, I was looking for work. For my photo session, I had no money. I had promised Daboo Ratnani that I would pay him once I started to earn. All of this was going on, and suddenly, I got this offer. And all I knew was that I had to satisfy my director.”
Rakesh Roshan was in the process of planning a romantic drama with Shah Rukh Khan. However, Hrithik, who was part of the team of writers, asked his father to consider a fresh face instead of SRK for the film.
"He was making a film at that time with Shah Rukh or Aamir which fell through. And he had another thought, and while he was working on the scripting of that film with all the writers — and I was a part of this process — some weeks into it, everyone started feeling that this film needed a new boy or new girl. You have seen big stars do these roles, and even I was a part of that, that noise. Even I was like, ‘Yes, papa, I don’t want to see Shah Rukh do this’. And, when this got very repetitive, he said, ‘That’s not what I had in mind, I’m taking you in the film’,” Hrithik shared.
By the way, isn't that would be lovely to see Shah Rukh in a rockstar and a dual portrayal?
However, Rakesh Roshan made a cult-classic film ‘Karan Arjun’ (1995) with two hit Khans of Bollywood, and he also signed SRK for his films King Uncle (1993) and Koyla (1997).
On the work front, Shah Rukh Khan dominated 2023 with his three super blockbuster films Jawan, Pathaan and Dunki.