Shah Rukh Khan to play cameo, not lead in Gauri Shinde’s next

A few months ago, there were reports that Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and actress Alia Bhatt are being cast together in filmmaker Gauri Shinde’s untitled project.

Now, further reports state that King Khan will be just playing an extended cameo role in the film and not the lead as speculated earlier.

“Contrary to rumours, Shah Rukh is not playing the lead. He will only be seen in a cameo,” a source from the film’s unit told IANS. The film has three male leads and one of them is from the South Indian film industry. The makers are closely guarding the names of the lead actors, the source added.

The untitled project is said to be a woman-centric film which narrates the journey of a young girl played by Alia, who falls in love thrice and learns a new life lesson each time she walks out of a relationship.

Alia had earlier expressed her excitement of sharing screen space with the ‘Chennai Express’ star.

“It is a dream come true moment. He is one of the best and respectable actors in the industry. I would get so much to learn from him. It is a great learning opportunity for me," the ‘Highway’ actress had said during a promotional event of her film ‘Shaandaar’.

The film will be Gauri’s second directorial venture after her highly acclaimed 2012 film ‘English Vinglish’ which marked the comeback of actress Sridevi after almost 15 years. It is being co-produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and Red Chillies Entertainment.