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R Madhavan’s Rocketry will have SRK

Shah Rukh Khan was seen last on screen in the Aanand L Rai directed Christmas 2018 release Zero, which chronicled the journey of a vertically-challenged man from Meerut to Mars. While the actor returned to Earth in the film’s climax, he hasn’t really got back on the big screen since. SRK was to fly off to space in the Rakesh Sharma biopic, Saare Jahan Se Accha, but eventually opted out of the project. There has been constant speculation about his next ever since, but nothing has been announced officially. Mirror has now learnt that during this self-imposed sabbatical, SRK has shot for pivotal parts in two films, Ayan Mukerji’s fantasy action adventure Brahmastra, fronted by Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, and R Madhavan’s Nambi Narayanan biopic Rocketry. “Ayan and Maddy are extremely fond of SRK and believed no one but he fits the bill. Neither are run-of-the mill cameos, but are integral to the plot and carry the narrative forward,” revealed a source close to the development, adding that SRK shot for both roles last year. Mirror was the first to reveal that the actor has a cameo in Brahmastra that is shot using ample of visual effects. The film begins with his character, a scientist, introducing the audience to the fantasy world. “In Rocketry, he plays a journalist who interviews scientist Nambi Narayanan, and takes us through the protagonist’s journey in flashback,” added the source. Both films are currently in postproduction and will hit the theatres next year. Interestingly, in SRK’s last release, Zero, Madhavan had an extended cameo as a NASA scientist. In the last two years, Shah Rukh has reportedly read over 20 scripts. While interacting with fans on Twitter, he hinted at a collaboration with Rajkumar Hirani, quipping, “Raju apna sa lagta hai” when asked which directors he would love to work with. We have also learnt that Hirani’s next is a social drama, written by him and Kanika Dhillon and supervised by his frequent collaborator Abhijat Joshi. “It is set against the backdrop of immigration and prior to the lockdown, the makers were planning to shoot it in Canada and Punjab. The team is still working on developing the screenplay,” the source informed. Apart from the social drama, SRK is also in talks with the director-duo Raj and DK (as reported by Mirror, December 3) for a quirky action thriller, among other films.

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