Anand L Rai, in the past, has told stories about people and how they form bonds of love in Tanu weds Manu, Ranjhaana, and now in Zero. In a recent interview, Anand L Rai opens up about why he made Zero with Shah Rukh Khan. He made this film keeping in mind the middle class audience of the North Indian cities, overlooking the factors of risk and wanted to tell a story to the people. The inception of the film happened five to six years ago, but this concept stayed put until recently as it would have been dangerous to roll out in the public back then.
He said in the interview, “I needed somebody humongous.” He wanted somebody important to be able to experiment with a vertically challenged protagonist. Also, speaking about Shah Rukh Khan, he calls him a dedicated actor and the right fit for this role as he has his Delhi roots intact. The vulnerable area of disability needs more attention in India and needs considerable attention of a large audience when translating it into a feature film, the kind that can be gained when telling the story via the right cast.
Talking about the film, he says Zero is the journey of a man’s love story and his various relationships. At times Bauua, played by Shah Rukh Khan, is seen caught in an affair and at other times there is a bond. Both ways, a unique man-women relationship is explored. The film is a more human-centered story that celebrates incompleteness.
Director Anand L Rai has been very fearless in his approach to filmmaking and has films like Newton and Tumbad apart from commercial films like Raanjhanaa and Manmarziyaan in his piggy bank. Zero is all set to release on 21th December, 2018 with Anushka Sharma playing the role of a NASA scientist and Katrina Kaif as the superstar, both starring opposite to Shah Rukh Khan as Bauua.