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Aanand L Rai on Zero: If you cut two feet away from Shah Rukh Khan, he’d still stand tall

Shah Rukh Khan starrer Zero finally got its teaser released today. Shah Rukh Khan’s dwarf avatar has made every one fall in love with the character even before the release of the film.

On being asked about the title and the release date of the movie, the director of the film, Aanand L Rai said to a leading Indian daily, “I grew up in a simple, middle-class family without a car, air conditioner or five-star dinners, yet I was perfectly happy because happiness, as I’ve come to realize, is a state of mind. You can touch infinity even when you are zero, like Khan saab’s (Shah Rukh Khan) character. December is a month when we celebrate life and what better time for a boy who celebrates that he is physically incomplete and in his incompleteness completes others as he travels from Meerut to New York. There is a beauty in incompleteness we are celebrating.”

Speaking about what made him choose Shah Rukh Khan to play the lead role, Aanand said, “I needed a big star and even if you cut two feet away from Khan saab, he’d still stand tall. Also, this story has a wide reach and he will take it to the world.”

Commenting about the film’s star cast which also includes Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, Aanand L Rai said, “I took Katrina and Anushka not because they are big names but because they fit the characters. I know people think I want to get into a different league but when they see the film they will realize it’s still about casting and not set-up. I may be on a new pitch, playing new shots, but I’m still true to my roots and original in my storytelling.”

Zero is scheduled to release on December 21, 2018.