I (Hema) never thought that Shah Rukh will become such a big star. But Indira Ma (her guru-ji) had told me that he would become a phenomenon. When she saw his photograph for the first time she told me that Shah Rukh is a star and he will change the industry. Since then, I knew that something big was going to happen with my movie. The day he signed my film, the same week he had signed four other films.
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Story – When Indira Ma (Hema Malini’s Guru-ji) told Hema that Shah Rukh is a star and he will change the industry
Shah Rukh was going off when I (Lekh Tandon) glanced at him and was struck by his looks. I asked him to cut his hair because he had long hair. He protested, saying, “I’ll cut my hair and then you won’t cast me. I don’t want to do that.” I assured him I would cast him. Next day, he came with his hair cut. And he was cast in Dil Dariya.
“When I (Producer Ratan Jain) met and narrated the script (of Baazigar) to Shah Rukh, he sounded eager to do the role. But it is his confident answer that made me sign him. He told me that only he and no other actor could play the role. That answer impressed me. I was mesmerized by his confidence and ended up signing him within 30 minutes of meeting him. I told him then that you’ll be a star. He was very hard-working and talented. He had a different kind of fire in himself.” It is worth mentioning that many other actors like Salman, Anil Kapoor etc refused to do this ‘negative’ role in ‘Baazigar’.
Motivational Story – This is how Director Kundan Shah helped Shah Rukh Khan during his initial days of struggle
I was 25 when I came to Mumbai, I have stayed in Kundan Shah’s house, I have been fed by his family and taken care of by them. I remember when I was leaving Delhi, my theatre friends told me when you meet Kundan Shah, touch his feet and give him a hug. Shahrukh also recounted how Shah was unhappy with his work in “Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa”, and constantly tried to bring out the best in him. “Many a times he shouted at me… He came to hit me.. He’s made me take at least 100 retakes… He never worked with me again. He was very honest,”