Aanand L Rai mounts massive security at studio as SRK-Anushka play Holi


Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma, who are working on Aanand L Rai’s “dwarf film” at Mehboob Studio in Mumbai, are shooting a Holi song behind closed doors amidst much security. The last time Aanand shot a Holi song, it was for his Sonam Kapoor-Dhanush romantic drama Raanjhanaa in 2013. That song, Tum Tak, went on to become an anthem for the festival. The filmmaker is keen that the SRK-Anushka Holi number eclipses Tum Tak.

SRK and Anushka have been at it for the last two days. It is not just a Holi song of festivity and gaiety, but one of considerable emotion. Music for the untitled film is by JAM8, Badshah, Tanishk Bagchi and Ajay-Atul. Katrina Kaif is also in the film, and reports are that she plays herself – the actress, but she is not part of the Holi song. The three actors worked together in Yash Chopra’s last directorial, Jab Tak Hain Jaan in 2012. Subsequently, SRK and Anushka did Imtiaz Ali’s Jab Harry Met Sejal this year.

Sources say that Aanand, who is reputed for making light-hearted films of small-town characters with colorful lives, like Raanjhanaa and Tanu Weds Manu (2012), will make sure the “dwarf” film is not short of drama and romance. He is working with SRK for the first time and was quoted as saying, “I feel honored to work with him and I will take some time for the film to move forward.” The sources add that VFX and special effects will play a heavy role in the film.

It is also said that Aanand has finalized a title for the film but is averse to revealing it now. The film, whose cast includes Ronit Roy, Zeeshan Ayub and Deepak Dobriyal, is supposedly looking for a December 2018 release. It is also supposed to have Salman Khan, Deepika Padukone, Rani Mukerji, Kajol, Alia Bhatt, Sridevi and Karisma Kapoor in special appearances. Is SRK doing another Deewangi Deewangi number like from his 2007 film Om Shanti Om that had several Bollywood stars making a walk in appearances? Watch this space for more!