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Atlee To Direct Shah Rukh Khan Right After ‘Bigil’ In an ‘Action Entertainer’?

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It’s been speculated that Atlee will collaborate with Shah Rukh Khan since April this year when the two met and watched an IPL match together. Looks like things have materialised now.

Yesterday Bollywood Hungama reported an anonymous source as saying, “Atlee’s film with Shah Rukh Khan is an original flick and not a remake of the filmmaker’s earlier films like Mersal or Theri. Atlee wrote the script sometime back and it’ll be a complete massy entertainer, full of action. SRK loved the premise and trusts Atlee’s vision. Hence, Shah Rukh Khan should sign this film for sure, if all goes well… This film will be produced by SRK’s production house, Red Chillies Entertainment… Atlee, moreover, will be paid Rs. 30 crore if this project materialises.”

Industry watcher and tracker Ramesh Bala also tweeted today: “Shah Rukh Khan‘s next film will be directed by none other than Atlee. Work starts from December. Wait for official confirmation”.

Bollywood Hungama further reported that “Shah Rukh Khan has been reading many scripts. He has been having intense interactions with Ali Abbas Zafar but that film is not happening right now for some reason. Ali too has got busy with his web series Tandav, starring Saif Ali Khan. On the other hand, Atlee’s film with superstar Vijay, Bigil, is expected to release in sometime. The director was to do another film with Vijay in December but again, this project is not happening at the moment. Atlee’s dates, hence, are free from December.”

Silverscreen had reported in April that before the IPL match Shah Rukh visited Atlee in his office which led to a huge buzz about a possible collaboration. A source close to the director then told Silverscreen, “They haven’t finalised the project yet, but talks are on. It’s in initial stages.” If this project is a Hindi film as speculated, it will mark Atlee’s Bollywood debut. We’d also said in April that Atlee reportedly showed two of his film scrips to SRK, who had then expressed interest to work on one of them.

It is also noteworthy that when Bigil trailer was launched last week Bollywood reacted swiftly.

Atlee’s Bigil awaits a Deepavali release. Shah Rukh Khan has been on a break from work, looking for the right script to work on.

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