EXCLUSIVE: Alia Bhatt recalls when Shah Rukh Khan paid a surprise visit on Darlings set in between of Pathaan shoot

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It has been 10 years since Alia Bhatt has been an active part of the Hindi film industry. A decade ago, she made her acting debut with the Karan Johar-directorial Student Of The Year. That film was co-produced by Shah Rukh Khan under his banner Red Chillies Entertainment, thus, it seems right that when today Alia Bhatt made her debut as a producer with Darlings, it also has the Badshah’s name attached to it as a co-producer.

 

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Before Darlings too, Alia Bhatt has had quite a long withstanding working relationship with Shah Rukh Khan as he backed her acting debut project, then he starred opposite her in Dear Zindagi and even she did a cameo in his last screen outing, Zero. With Darlings, they took that relationship to the next level, as Alia and Shah Rukh are both co-producers on the film that also stars her in the lead alongside Shefali Shah, Vijay Varma and Roshan Mathew.

 

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It indeed is quite a special equation and in a recent exclusive conversation with Bollywood Bubble, the actress opened up about the same. Talking about her bond with SRK, Alia said,I think it started off as me being, of course, extremely enamored and totally intimidated by the kind of human being he is. He’s so generous, he’s so warm, he’s so kind, he makes you feel so comfortable. Now he’s just like, I mean I can never call him a friend only because of the respect I have for him, but he is my friend and he calls me ‘my friend’ all the time. But I will always say that it’s a very special dynamic that I just can’t explain. It’s a working relationship that has been so fruitful for me. But at the same time, I can sit and speak to him for hours.”

 

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The actress went on to commend the actor for honoring his commitments with utmost dedication, recalling the time he turned up on the sets of Darlings unannounced. Even with his busy life, he’s always turned up. Whether it’s even for like the mahurat pooja for darlings or when he randomly one day came on a day of shoot without anybody. There was no Ravi, there was no Pooja and I was like what are you doing, he said, ‘Main Pathaan ke liye shooting kar raha tha, main aise hi aa gaya tum log paas mein hi shooting kar rahe the.’ So, I was like, but you’ve just arrived and then that set was not prepared also,” she reminisced.

 

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Alia also shared how people were starstruck after seeing him there on the set, while he was just putting his simplicity on display. “There are massive fans of his on our Darlings’ set. So there’s this particular assistant director Farah, she was obsessed with him, obsessed, so he’s come on to the set and I said okay now just be prepared, we’re giving seven people a heart attack. So, we’ve walked on and she’s actually become like ‘aahhhhh’. And he, like very casually, was sitting, he took a patla and sat in the corner and he was staring and watching the scene and then he said ki okay abhi main ja raha hun. So, he’s just so normal, like he’s so chill and casual and he wears his super stardom so lightly. I can go on talking about how much I love him and what he means to me but I think our relationship over the years has just become more and more friendly,” she insisted.

This collaboration of Alia and Shah Rukh has always been a cracking one, and with this new dynamic of co-producers also under their belt, it remains to be seen what new milestones will this team achieve together.

Check out the entire conversation with Alia Bhatt here:

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