Shahrukh upset with producer Vidhu Vinod, may not do his film
Recently there has been a huge hue and cry over producer/director Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s film Eklavya being selected as the official entry for the Oscars. Many bollywood directors voiced their disapproval. However this upset Vidhu Vinod and he lashed out back at some of the director’s films. Amongst them was SRK’s film Paheli which had been sent earlier as an Oscar nomination. Vidhu made it clear that he did not think that SRK’s Paheli was worthy of going to the Oscars. This has supposedly upset SRK and now there are rumours that the actor is re-considering doing a film with Vidhu Vinod.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra made a comeback as a director with his film Eklavya, however the film did not take off at the box-office and recently many other filmmakers from bollywood like Farah Khan, Sajid Khan, Bhavna Talwar and even actor Anupam Kher voiced their disapproval over Eklavya being sent as the official entry for the Oscars. This has left Vidhu Vinod Chopra irritated as he feels that his bollywood colleagues are merely pulling him down. He too has lashed out at many of the directors claiming that they know very little about good filmmaking. It is a well known fact that Farah and SRK are good buddies and Shahrukh is even producing and starring in Farah Khan’s second film Om Shanti Om. Hence it seems quite obvious that Vidhu Vinod Chopra was getting back at the duo when he claimed that he had made no noise when SRK’s film Paheli was sent to the Oscars. He also made it quite obvious that he didn’t think the film was worthy of going to the Oscars.
Meanwhile SRK has not taken Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s statement with a pinch of salt. SRK was supposed to work in one of Vidhu’s films that is to be directed by Rajkumar Hirani ; however now sources claim that the actor is reconsidering working with Vidhu due to his scathing remarks about his film. However SRK insisted that he was not upset with Vidhu’s remarks on Paheli, he said “I am not upset with Vidhu’s comment on Paheli. I have no problems with anybody talking about films I do or make.” SRK however did agree that it was not yet finalized whether he would be doing Rajkumar Hirani directed film that will be produced by Vidhu Vinod. SRK said “It’s not yet final, saying yes or no to a film is a big process for me. It takes a lot of going back and forth on my part. I am discussing a lot of films right now.”
Meanwhile SRK definitely knows how to take care of his friends and is definitely one hell of a generous producer. He is currently producing as well as acting in Om Shanti Om. The film features a song in which 30 stars both veteran and contemporary have been roped in to perform. Stars like Dharmendra, Mithun, Jeetendra, Rekha, Shabana Azmi, Salman, Saif, Sanjay, Rani, Kajol, Preity etc have been roped in to perform in the special song in the film. However as all these actors consider SRK a dear friend, none of them accepted any remuneration. So in order to thank his co-stars and friends SRK sent each of them a personalized gift hamper. A source claims the hamper contained an international brand watch, a Nokia phone, a gold coin with the words Om Shanti Om and T-shirts. The hamper also contained personal messages from SRK and director Farah thanking each of the stars for their time and effort.