Shah Rukh Khan is to do what Amitabh Bachchan did last year and romance a girl not much older than his own daughter.
According to our source at Yash Raj Films, King Khan’s fascination with all things Big B is to take him into Lolita territory of incest and forbidden love. For Aditya Chopra’s much anticipated 2008 release Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Shah Rukh will portray a 40 year-old British Indian recluse who finds love in the company of a 16 year-old vibrant and bubbly Punjabi village belle.
The story goes like this… An Indian man, whose youthful years are residing, returns to India from England to find solace and peace after a personal tragedy. During his short tenure in a small Punjab village, he befriends and falls in love with a girl 24 years younger than him. Conflicts arise and tempers flare when he decides to ask for her hand in marriage. How the NRI struggles to change the hearts and minds of the village folk, and ultimately prove that true love is from God, for which age has no bearing, is the story of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi… God Has Brought Us Together.
For the role of the 16 year-old, Aditya Chopra is rumoured to have signed up relative newcomer Sonam Kapoor. The girl who made her debut in last year’s flop Saawariya was chosen after an extensive search by Yash Raj Films; a search which included various talent hunts staged in Punjab. However, the studio was not able to pick the right actress and, as time was running out and they wanted to begin shooting as soon as possible, Sonam was chosen.
A source told Indian daily Mumbai Mirror, “Aditya Chopra was very keen to have a tall, fair Punjabi girl for the role opposite Shah Rukh Khan. He has himself written the script and knows exactly what he wants in his heroine. The film deals with the love story of a 40-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl. Adi was also very finicky about signing the right girl because he was making his comeback to direction after a gap of eight years and wanted to get everything just so.”
Amitabh Bachchan played a senior citizen who fell in love with his teenage daughter’s best friend in last year’s flick Nishabd. Prior to that Shah Rukh has re-done Amitabh’s famous roles of Vijay and Don for the Don remake and replaced him as anchor of television game show Kaun Banega Crorepati. This would be the fourth time that Shah Rukh is to do something that Amitabh has done.
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