Filmmaker Farah Khan is bracing herself for what she says is the biggest project of her career with actor Shah Rukh Khan, Happy New Year (HNY), which will go on the floors after SRK wraps up his Chennai Express shoot.
“After he is done with his ongoing film, Shah Rukh needs to take a break for about a month and work on his look for HNY. We’ll start with the film this year for sure,” says the 48-year-old.
In the film, Shah Rukh will be seen in a new avatar with a touch of intensity. “He will have a rugged look like never before, as his role is very intense. He’ll play a dark hero, like Mr Darcy type (a character from Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice). He’ll also have a little stubble, more like a man you know,” says Farah.
This film will also highlight the 47-year-old actor’s macho side. “He needs to build his body a little bit. I want to see him bare-chested all the time. I’m going to make sure that he is seen without his shirt a couple of times in the movie,” adds Farah.
The choreographer-turned-director, who was recently in Delhi for an Ariel event, tells us SRK is not the only male actor on board. “This is a script that I have worked the hardest on. We are on the 15th draft, and every month we still try to hone it, because in a way, it’s also a multi-starrer. It’s got five men and a lady,” says Farah.
“It’s challenging to make each role interesting. It’s not like Shah Rukh is the hero and four people are on the back. Hats off to him to want to do it so eagerly, as a lot of people want to see themselves solo on screen. It’s going to be a fun ride for everybody,” she adds.