SRK made me so comfortable: Zero director Aanand L Rai

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The most anticipated project of the year, Zero is taking the whole internet by storm for the simple fact that King Khan will be playing the role of a dwarf for the first-time on screen. Another reason why this movie is creating a lot of buzz is due to its director Aanand L Rai.

SRK starrer Zero will be released on 21st December

In a recent interview, Aanand spoke about the need to support small budget films and his upcoming Shah Rukh Khan starrer Zero. “When I listen to stories, I never decide if it’s a small, medium or big budget film. I feel it is need of the hour. The reason to make a film is its story. I decide on the story and then on the budget,” the director said.

Aanand added: “Sometimes being a middle-class person, my economics stay in that budget. My stories come from the same zone (middle-class). Even today, I get scared to waste half a cup of coffee. So, the middle-class thinking is letting me enjoy filmmaking a bit more than usual. When you make a big budget film, back of your mind you become very careful of everything wherein the small budget films let you enjoy the (filmmaking) process. It’s always been in my subconscious mind. Otherwise, budget is secondary. Story stands first.”

When asked whether he would consider a big-budget film or not, Aanand said, “Zero definitely is a big budget film but it’s made with so much love and affection. With Khan Saab (Shah Rukh Khan) as a part of it, he is not letting me think of the economics. So, I am enjoying the world and that’s what I did for 10-12 years. It (Zero) has been a fun and emotional journey for me. You can say it is a big budget film but it also has a big beautiful heart.”

While sharing his previous work-experiences with Tanu Weds Manu actor Jimmy Shergil, Aanand said: “I have a professional relationship with many but with Jimmy it’s personal. I feel fortunate and happy that we have been together for over a decade not just for work but also maintained the relationship of friendship. So, happy that I’ve found a friend in this industry.”

Talking about his relationship with SRK, the filmmaker also added, “He is the most obedient actor I have ever seen. He makes you extremely comfortable. It’s great on his part that he gave me so much of space and never let me feel a bit uncomfortable. The fan moment was there for the first two days. He brushed it off quite soon. After that, I found a brother in him.”

On a related note, Aanand L Rai is all set to release his upcoming movies Zero, Manmarziyaan, Happy Phir Bhag Jaaegi this year.

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