If the grapevine is to be believed, Shah Rukh Khan and Anand L Rai, the director of Zero, that failed at the box office, have had a bitter fallout. A report in Bollywood Hungama states that the actor and director, who had once said they’d want to collaborate on several new projects after Zero, are no longer on speaking terms. A separate report, however, claims that there is no truth to the rumours.
The Bollywood Hungama report quoted a source as saying, “Shah Rukh blames Rai entirely for the fiasco that was Zero. What was Anand Rai thinking? This is what Shah Rukh now wonders, like everybody else.” The actor is said to have put all his future projects on hold, including the third instalment of the hit Don franchise. It was earlier reported that the actor had dropped out of the Rakesh Sharma biopic, which was due to begin filming earlier this year.
A separate source, quoted by the Times of India, has refuted the rumours. “There is no truth to this, all is well between Shah Rukh Khan and Aanand L Rai after Zero release,” the source said. Shah Rukh himself admitted that the film’s failure forced him to take a step back from work and had sucked his desire to move on to a new project. “This time, I didn’t feel like doing it. I thought, this time, I will take out time to watch films and listen to scripts and read books,” the star told CRI Hindi in China.
Zero that was produced on a massive budget of Rs 200 crore failed to crack the Rs 100 crore mark at the domestic box office. The film tapped out at Rs 186 crore worldwide. The film also starred Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, and featured state-of-the-art special effects to show Shah Rukh as a dwarf. However, the bizarre plotline was panned by critics and the audience.