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Saare Jahan Se Achha: After Aamir Khan, Now Shah Rukh Khan Backs Out, Writer Anjum Rajabali Says SRK ‘shaken Up’ By ‘Zero’ Failure

Written By Press Trust Of India | Mumbai | Published:


  • 'Saare Jahan Se Achha' was earlier supposed to star Aamir Khan in the lead role, before he backed out of it and suggested SRK to do it
  • Reports of SRK quitting the project has been doing the rounds for long now and the movie's writer has confirmed it
  • Anjum Rajabali says Shah Rukh Khan backed out of astronaut Rakesh Sharma's biopic

Writer Anjum Rajabali says Shah Rukh Khan backed out of astronaut Rakesh Sharma's biopic "Saare Jahan Se Achha" as he was shaken up by the failure of "Zero". 

READ: It's Official: After 'Zero', Shah Rukh Khan To Star In Film Based On This Man Who Made History

There were reports that Shah Rukh was sceptical to venture into another space film after "Zero", which had its character travel to Mars for love and hence quit "Saare Jahan Se Achha". 

At a panel discussion at FICCI Frames, Anjum, however, said the space angle was not the reason for the superstar to leave the film. 

"If you're asking me, there was a problem with the script (of 'Zero'). Himanshu (Sharma, the writer) is a very talented person but things go wrong sometimes. 

"I don't think he said no to 'Saare Jahan Se Achcha' because of the space (angle). I think he's also pretty shaken up, he was banking a lot on that," Anjum said while moderating a panel discussion 'Screenwriters: The Creative Force Powering Indian Cinema's New Surge'. 

Anjum said asking a question about "Saare Jahan Se Achha" was "dukhti rag pe haath rakhna" (hitting a raw nerve) but made an observation about how often makers blame everything else but the script when a film fails. 

"This whole practice and culture of postmortem, of analysing what went wrong hasn't really caught on. What happens then is, there are knee-jerk reactions rather than responses even from the makers," he said. 

" Oh, it (the failure) could be because of the space and hence we put two into two together. Oh, it's because the time wasn't right, nobody wants to see a star in a disabled person's role.' It could also well be that there was a problem with the DNA of the script."  
Anjum, who has penned films like "Ghulam", "The Legend of Bhagat Singh" and "Raajneeti", said a writer should also be involved in this "honest introspection to be able to determine where did things go wrong."  

READ: After 'Zero' Failed To Make An Impact At The Box Office, Shah Rukh Khan Reveals His Biggest Fear, Here's What It Is

 "Most of the times, when a film doesn't connect in spite of the fact that the idea was good, director was talented and the stars were attractive, it's because the script has gone wrong. That's where we need to be investing in." 



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