Deven Bhojani Recalls Working With Shah Rukh Khan In The 90s: ‘I’d Heard He Had An Attitude’

Deven Bhojani is a well known face of the Indian Television Industry. He is also a director, best known for directing episodes of Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, and the 2017 movie Commando 2: The Black Money Trail. He also worked with Shah Rukh Khan back in the 90s when the latter was just on the cusp of superstardom.

Recently, during a conversation with Laksh Maheshwari, Deven Bhojani was asked about his experience of working with Shah Rukh Khan back in the 90s. Deven Bhojani also worked with Shah Rukh Khan recently in the Rajkumar Hirani movie Dunki.

Speaking of the same, Deven Bhojani said, “This was right after Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. I was cast as Shah Rukh Khan’s friend. I’d heard about him, that he was this new kid on the block and he had an attitude. I’d also heard that he’d said some not-so-nice things about Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan in interviews. On the first day, I went and introduced myself to the other actors, but I was hesitant about introducing myself to Shah Rukh. What if he said, ‘So what?’ when I told him who I was? So I kept to myself.”

He continued, “I looked back, and it was Shah Rukh. He said, ‘Hi, I’m Shah Rukh. You were so good in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar.’”

Bhojani said he was surprised to know that Shah Rukh Khan knew his name. Shah Rukh Khan told Bhojani that he liked Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar so much that he asked director Mansoor Khan the name of each and every cast member.

The film that Deven Bhojani and Shah Rukh Khan worked together on, titled Yeh Lamhe Judaai Ke, was shot in 1994 but wasn’t released until 2004.

They got an opportunity to work again in Dunki, which was released in 2023.

Talking about Dunki, Bhojani said, “He was so warm again. We reminisced about the old days. On the first day, we would address each other as ‘Shah Rukh’ and ‘Deven,’ but on the second day, I noticed that he had started calling me ‘Deven Sir.’ I asked him why he was doing that. He said, ‘The whole unit is addressing you as Deven Sir. I can’t be the only person calling you Deven.’ I told him that he doesn’t need to do that because we’re old friends. I wasn’t calling him ‘Shah Rukh Sir’ either. I was calling him ‘Shah Rukh.’ He was so warm.”

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