Shah Rukh Khan all set to play Sahir Ludhianvi in the legendary lyricist-poet’s biopic? Here’s what we know
A biopic on the legendary poet-lyricist, Sahir Ludhianvi, has been making headlines for quite some time. Earlier, it was reported that Sanjay Leela Bhansali (SLB) is eyeing to make the film with either Abhishek Bachchan or the late Irrfan Khan. The film has been in the offing for not less than 8 years now. While everybody is keen to know who will essay the character of the legend Sahir Ludhianvi in his biopic, there’s a new update in the making of the film.
According to the latest report in the Times of India, not SLB, but now Shah Rukh Khan owned Red Chillies Entertainment is toying to make Sahir Ludhianvi’s biopic. Yes, rumours have been doing rounds regarding the connection between SRK’s Red Chillies Entertainment and the biopic of Sahir Ludhianvi.
However, it is yet not known if Shah Rukh Khan will play the lead role in the biopic or not. But, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if SRK does play the role. Earlier, in 2019 too, there were reports of Shah Rukh Khan singing the biopic of Sahir Ludhianvi with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. However, back then, the actor had denied any such development. Well, now with Red Chillies Entertainment taking over, it is yet to be seen if SRK changes his decision or not.
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For the unversed, the writer-director of Sahir Ludhianvi’s biopic, Jasmeet Reen, has struggled a lot to put this project together. Prior to SLB, Ashi Dua, known for movies like Ghost Stories and Kaalakaandi was in talks to produce the film. Moreover, the names of Farhan Akhtar, Irrfan Khan, and Abhishek Bachchan were also doing rounds to play Sahir Ludhianvi in the biopic, were also doing rounds at different intervals.
On the contrary, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, and Taapsee Pannu were among the actresses whose names had been cropped up to essay the role of Amrita Pritam in the film. Amrita had a strong affection for Ludhianvi. Now, with so much happening, it would be interesting to see if Shah Rukh Khan finally comes on board for the biopic of Sahir Ludhianvi or not.
When TOI tried to contact Jasmeet, she was busy and did not respond later. Next month in March is the 100th birth anniversary of Sahir Ludhianvi.
Meanwhile, SRK is busy shooting for Pathan by Sidharth Anand. The film stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham in pivotal roles. It marks the return of Shah Rukh Khan to movies after a long sabbatical. Apart from this, reports also say that SRK is in talks with Raj & DK, Rajkumar Hirani, and Mersal director Atlee for his upcoming projects.