Anurag Kashyap on making film with Shah Rukh Khan: ‘Not in my capacity to cater to his aura’

‘If his film Fan had worked, I could have said that I too have the courage to work with him,’ said Anurag
Anurag Kashyap (Left) and Shah Rukh Khan
Anurag Kashyap (Left) and Shah Rukh Khan

Anurag Kashyap might never make a film with Shah Rukh Khan. In a recent interview, the Gangs of Wasseypur director said that it is the latter’s charm and aura and the expectations from his audience that he as a director won’t be able to cater to.

While talking at the YouTube channel Humans of Cinema, Anurag spoke about fan culture in the country. “We are a country of hero worshippers. We are deprived of many things and have low self-esteem and confidence. We need heroes. Why do our films have larger-than-life heroes? We are the only country where actors won’t cover their faces while playing superheroes. The masks would be so small because it is important to show their faces.”

Speaking of Shah Rukh and whether he will make a film with him, he added, "In this day and age of social media, I am terrified by the fanbases big stars have. Actors get typecast because of fans, and the fans want the same things from them again and again. If that doesn’t happen, fans reject it, so even actors get apprehensive about trying new things. So, it’s not in my capacity to cater to Shah Rukh Khan’s aura or enigma. If his film Fan had worked, I could have said that I too have the courage to work with him.”

Last year was tremendous for SRK; he had two blockbuster hits with Jawan and Pathaan. Anurag’s latest directorial Kennedy premiered in the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. The film is still awaiting release in India.

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