Long before Shah Rukh Khan became the reigning Badshah of Bollywood, the superstar had worked with ace director Kundan Shah (best known for his cult comedy Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro) in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa. And it was during the film’s shoot that the director was bowled over by SRK’s sweet gesture.
Recalling the incident, Kundan Shah – who is currently looking forward to his dark comedy P Se PM Tak – shares that he had gone to a bookstore where he had liked a few books immensely. But when it came to billing, he realized that they cost a little over two thousand rupees, not a small amount back in the ‘90s. So, the filmmaker left the books, hoping to collect them at a later time. Later that day, at the shoot, he happened to recount what happened at the bookstore to Shah Rukh. And to his surprise, the very next day, SRK turned up on the sets having bought all the books that Shah had chosen the previous day.
The director says, “It was a sweet gesture and considering that even Shah Rukh was yet to become the superstar he is today, it must not have been a small amount for him either. But the fact that he did buy those books for me and did not accept the money from me really moved me.”