After a long wait, Shah Rukh Khan is all set to rule 2023 with multiple theatrical releases. While he is gearing up to begin January 2023 with the action-packed Pathaan, the superstar has now promised to end the next year with a bang. Putting rumours to rest, Shah Rukh finally announced his first film with Rajkumar Hirani.
With a quirky video on YouTube, Shah Rukh and Rajkumar announced that their film, loaded with 'humour, drama and romance', will hit the screens on December 22, 2023. The film is titled Dunki. Dunki, not Donkey, as Rajkumar says in the video. Taapsee Pannu has been confirmed as the female lead.
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Talking about the film, Rajkumar said in a statement, "Through the course of my career Shah Rukh Khan has always been on my wish list and after trying to collaborate several times in the past, we were finally destined to have ‘Dunki’ mark our partnership. The energy, charisma, humour and charm that he brings to a film is unparalleled and I look forward to bringing that magic to the big screen."
Shah Rukh said, "Rajkumar Hirani is one of the finest filmmakers of this generation, we have always spoken about working together and I am extremely happy we are finally doing it with ‘Dunki’. We have just started shooting this month and I am cherishing every moment of it. Raju ke liye main Donkey, Monkey...kuch bhi ban sakta hoon!"
Taapsee shared, "I am beyond excited to embark on this journey and be a part of this very special film. It’s my first time working with Rajkumar Hirani and Shah Rukh Khan, two people who I deeply respect and admire."
A JIO Studios, Red Chillies Entertainment and Rajkumar Hirani Films presentation, Dunki is written by Rajkumar Hirani, Abhijaat Joshi and Kanika Dhillon, produced by Rajkumar Hirani and Gauri Khan. The film went on floors this April 2022, with the next schedule being shot extensively in Punjab.