Rohit is also in the news as he is now teaming up with Shah Rukh Khan for ‘Chennai Express’. “I know people think I am a great planner. ‘After Ajay, now he has been able to ‘net’ Shah Rukh.’ But the truth is when Shah Rukh saw ‘Gol Maal 3,’ he loved it and called me to say he’d like to act in my film. I was thrilled as I was interested in remaking ‘Angoor’ (directed by Gulzar in 1982). It is a sweet film and I had bought the rights to it. I felt Ajay was just not right for the role of Sanjeev Kumar. SRK was happy with the concept of ‘Angoor’ but when I sat to write the script. I thought the film was too small for me and SRK to collaborate on,” says Rohit.
For the final meeting with SRK before he signed on the dotted, Rohit took the idea of a film he had put on the backburner for four years, half expecting to be thrown out of the door. “SRK looked me in the face and asked, ‘You want to make this? Okay. I will produce it too.’ Obviously I was too happy,” he says.
‘Chennai Express’ is the story of a man who travels from Mumbai to Rameswaram by train. The train forms only the first 25 minutes of the story but Rohit says he was happy with the title which the media gave his film. “The press started calling it ‘Chennai Express’ and it saved me the trouble of looking for a title,” he laughs. The character that SRK plays is not a South Indian but the film will have several character artists from the Tamil and Telugu industry.
Courtesy: The Hindu (Only the parts related to ‘Chennai Express’ are in the post)