Its official – Shahrukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor will star in the superhero flick ‘Ra1′, it will be the second time SRK and Bebo play the leads in the film, after Santosh Sivan’s ‘Asoka’.
It has been ten years since Asoka hit screens and disappointed at the box office, things have changed and Shahrukh has become an even bigger star, and Kareena has become extremely popular. With a cast like that, the producers of Ra1 have ensured that their film will open to mega collections at least during the opening weekend. SRK is, after all, the biggest brand in India.
However Shahrukh and Kareena did share screen space in Billu Barber earlier this year, the duo appeared in the item song ‘Marjaani’. Kareena also has jammed with SRK in numerous international tours, and also made a cameo in Farhan Akhtar's ‘Don’ two years ago. The rumourmill also suggests that Kareena is in negotiations to play one of the leads in the Danny Boyle-Anurag Kashyap collaboration ‘Bombay Velvet’, a film which is expected to star both Aamir and Shahrukh Khan.
Ra1 is slated to be a hi-tech-sci-fi-action-adventure-superhero flick and will be directed by Anubhav Sinha (Tum Bin, Cash and Aap ko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai ). The film is to be produced by SRK’s Red Chillies Entertainment and Shahrukh has taken on scripting duties for the film as well. “Its a special film for me. I want to put on my tights and my kids blanket on my back. I want to do this film for my children. I’ve always wanted to make a superhero film, but I never had six-pack abs. Now that I have them, I want to do this. It’s not an animation film, as many people believe; I would like to clarify that. It’s a live action film.” SRK said.
Shahrukh will begin work on Ra1 immediately after he is done with Farah Khan’s ‘Happy New Year’ and Farhan Akhtar’s sequel to ‘Don’. Considering ‘Ra1′ will take at least one year to complete, a late 2011 to mid 2012 release date seems likely.