In the 1993 psychological thriller, Darr directed by Yash Chopra, Sunny Deol was the positive protagonist opposite Juhi Chawla. Shah Rukh Khan was cast as fanatical and obsessed lover who practically destroys her life due to his misplaced and unhealthy sense of affection and possessiveness. The film, that gave SRK fans the iconic "K-K-K-Kiran" dialogue, also caused a rift between the two male leads. At the time, Shah Rukh was an upcoming actor, while Sunny was an established star. Just like he had excelled through in Deewana, Darr also become known as a Shah Rukh Khan film after the actor performed superbly as a fixated and obsessive stalker. The film was declared a blockbuster and is considered to be one of amongst King Khan's best performances.
During his appearance on Aap Ki Adalat, when Sunny was asked by host Rajat Sharma whether people on the sets lived in mortal fear of him, Sunny said that they were 'because they were wrong'. He also established that he did not speak to Shah Rukh for 16 years after their exceedingly publicized dispute on the sets of the film. Previously, Sunny had stated during a press interaction that he was never informed that Shah Rukh's character would be glorified and hyped in the film.
He stated, "At the end of the day, people loved me in the film. They loved Shah Rukh Khan as well. My only issue with the film was that I did not know they would glorify the villain. I always work in films with an open heart and believe the person. I believe working with trust. Unfortunately, we have many actors and stars who don't function in this manner. Maybe that's the way they want to get their stardom." He ended by stating, "Since Yash ji was old, I respected him and couldn't say anything. I put my hands inside my pocket as I was very angry. Soon, out of anger, I didn't even realise that I had ripped my pants with my hands."