Varun Dhawan revealed last evening that he wasn’t the first choice for Karan Johar’s Kalank. It was none other than Badshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan. But he did not discuss the project with the superstar after he came onboard. Kalank is produced by Karan Johar and features an ensemble that includes Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Roy Kapur, and Kunal Kemmu.
In the beginning, when the concept was under development phase (when Karan and his Late father Yash Johar, were to direct and produce it respectively), the romantic-drama originally featured Shah Rukh Khan along with a reported cast of Kajol, Rani Mukerji, and Ajay Devgn, among others. Varun said,
“Honestly, I never spoke to him on how I should approach the role. I was aware that Shah Rukh sir and the other star cast was supposed to be a part of the film.”
As per the excerpts from the interview that Varun gave during the film’s trailer launch, dismayed by his father’s death, Karan abandoned the idea to direct the film and did not want to revisit the story. So, Kalank is now helmed by Abhishek Varman, and Varun said the director used to be his roommate during My Name is Khan when they both served as assistant directors.
Soon after Kalank’s trailer was released he met Shah Rukh, to get an opinion about his performance. And as expected from Shahrukh, he had good words to say. He appreciated his look and said that such performances bring actors closer to the audiences. Varun revealed,
“Abhishek had told me how Karan narrated the story to him. At that time, no one would’ve imagined that he will direct it someday and I will act in it,” the actor said. Varun, however, said he recently met Shah Rukh after the teaser released. “He had seen the teaser and I had asked him for his opinion. He had some good things to say about that. He was happy too when I told him I applied ‘soorma’ (cohl). He smiled at me and said ‘good, you’re working hard and doing these roles’. These are roles that will get you closer to the audience’,”
Kalank is set for an April 17th release. Keep visiting Filmybyte for more.