Zoya Akhtar delved into her debut directorial venture, ‘Luck By Chance‘ (2009), where Shah Rukh Khan played a significant role. In a candid interview with Mid-Day, Zoya discussed the film and addressed questions about her approach to casting Shah Rukh Khan and his impact on the storyline.

Zoya was asked about Shah Rukh Khan’s portrayal of himself in ‘Luck By Chance’ and whether the lines written for him were specifically crafted with him in mind.

Responding to the query, Zoya stated, “I think you also see it with him. I think he’s quite rooted in his old friends—you know, the people that gave him a break, the people that stood by him—and he stands by them. I think, you know, it’s just that guy, so it just came with him.”

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The conversation also touched upon Zoya’s recent project, ‘The Archies,’ which marked the debut of several newcomers, including Suhana Khan, Khushi Kapoor, and Agastya Nanda. When asked if she ever considered bringing Shah Rukh Khan to the set to interact with the debutants, Zoya firmly stated, “No, I wouldn’t. I mean, no, because I’ve worked with newcomers. I’ve worked with Siddhant Chaturvedi, and I’ve worked with various newcomers. You don’t call in someone and say, ‘Give them a pep talk.’ You just don’t do that.”
Addressing the possibility of Shah Rukh Khan providing a motivational talk akin to ‘Chak De India,’ Zoya emphasized her role as a director, asserting that it’s only her job to do that and she doesn’t like assigning her job to someone else.

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