New Delhi: Mani Ratnam and Shah Rukh Khan talked about working together on a project again on Wednesday at the CNN-News18 Indian of the Year 2023 event. They have collaborated on the movie ‘Dil Se’ in 1998. Shah Rukh said he would be willing to perform ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ on top of an aircraft if the director asked him in an effort to convince Mani Ratnam to cast him in a movie.
Shah Rukh Khan told Mani Ratnam, “I’m requesting you, I’m begging you and I’m telling you every time to do a film with me. I swear, this time, I’ll dance on top of the plane for Chaiyya Chaiyya if you tell me… And, good evening Suhasini (Mani Ratnam’s wife). I told you that time to tell him ‘Shah Rukh, Shah Rukh’ before he sleeps.” When asked if he’ll make another film with the actor, the director said he would do so ‘when he (Shah Rukh) buys a plane.”
Shah Rukh Khan bragged to Mani Ratnam in a boastful manner about how well all of his movies did at the box office in 2023, including the hits ‘Pathaan’ and ‘Jawan‘.
“Mani, let me just tell you, the way my films are doing… this plane is not faraway.” In response, the filmmaker joked, “I’ll bring it down to earth, don’t worry,” he said.
A fan tweeted, sharing a video of their conversation at the event, “Shah Rukh Khan’s pitch to Mani Ratnam for another film after Dil Se is so wholesome. SRK said he will dance to Chaiyya Chaiyya on top of a plane this time.”
Shah Rukh Khan’s pitch to Mani Ratnam for another film after Dil Se is so wholesome 🥺 SRK said he will dance to Chaiyya Chaiyya on top of a plane this time ❤🕺
— Shah Rukh Khan Universe Fan Club (@SRKUniverse) January 10, 2024
Mani Ratnam’s romantic drama ‘Dil Se’ was set against the backdrop of the northeastern insurgency. Among the many songs in the Shah Rukh Khan film ‘Dil Se’, Chhaiya Chhaiya was one of the most popular. Gulzar wrote the lyrics while AR Rahman composed the music. Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi sang Chaiyya Chaiyya, which Farah Khan choreographed.