Zero is an upcoming 2018 love story movie and it is produced in the Joint combination of Colour Yellow Productions and Red Chillies Entertainment’s Gauri Khan and distributed by Yash Raj Films and directed by the Aanand L.Rai and the script written by the Himanshu Sharma. The casting of this movie is Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. The plot follows Shah Rukh Khan playing a man of short stature, who falls in love with a superstar lady that role is played by the Katrina Kaif. Anushka Sharma portrays the character in this movie of a girl with the intellectual disability.
The film was conceived by the Director Aanand L.Rai in 2012, the official announcement of this movie is in 2016, and it is set to be released in the Christmas week on 21 December 2018. It marks the second collaboration of the lead trio, the collaboration between Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma and the second collaboration between Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. This movie is the mark of the last appearance of Sridevi Kapoor, who died on February 24, 2018, shortly after the completing of the movie.
- Shah Rukh Khan as Bauaa Singh
- Katrina Kaif
- Anushka Sharma
- Abhay Deol
- Tigmanshu Dhulia
- Javed Jaffrey (voice-over at a dance competition)
- Abdul Qadir Amin as Rehan
- Salman Khan
- Deepika Padukone
- Rani Mukerji
- Sridevi Kapoor
- Alia Bhatt
- Karisma Kapoor
- Juhi Chawla
- R. Madhavan
The story of the film is based on the perfect true love story of two imperfect people. This movie shows up you the physical disability of an individual person, the story of this movie is more talks about the space of love, emotional incompleteness of our life.
This movie was initially titled “Katrina Meri Jaan”. However, the name of this movie was later scrapped because of the reason is that the producers thought the title would be too misleading to the Audience and make them presume the film is whole about the Katrina Kaif. In between the production of the movie, the film underwent through numerous names of the Shah Rukh Khan such as Bauaa, Bauna, Butka, Bandhua, and Batla but the name finalized is Bauaa Singh. Red Chillies Entertainment registered their three wanted names for use as the movie title. In the end, a unanimous decision was made by the Production Team to call the film ‘Zero”. Bollywood Hungama reveals the budget of the movie to be around ₹150 crore. Aanand L.Rai refuted these reports and stated that the film did have a big budget at that time, but less than the reported amount, and that the amount might some change. Himanshu Sharma, who wrote the script of the film, confirmed the story of the movie to be a romantic drama love story between the imperfect people.
Initially, the Lead role for this was approached to Salman Khan in 2012 but this was not finalized. Then this role went to Shah Rukh Khan. His casting for the leading role was confirmed in March 2016. He plays a role of a three-four foot physically challenged man. Aanand L.Rai cast Shah Rukh Khan to play the lead role for this movie because he needed a big star for the story to famous this role globally. He needed “an intelligent actor, who also can carry that happy-go-lucky attitude,” and he felt Shah Rukh Khan possessed those qualities. Aanand L.Rai realized the difference between a six-foot-tall person saying “I love you” and a four-foot tall person; hence he hired Shah Rukh Khan. Shah Rukh Khan is the fifth actor in Indian cinema to play a little person role in the movie after the many famous Actors like Kamal Haasan, Johnny Lever, Jagathy Sreekumar and Anupam Kher.
After much speculation, Aanand L.Rai confirmed Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif as the female lead actors in the film in June 2017. Katrina Kaif was cast after Salman Khan suggested her to be in the film. Anushka Sharma was cast for the role of to play a differently-abled person, whereas Katrina Kaif role was confirmed that she will portray the role of a superstar. Both the Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif were offered the role, not because of their stardom but because they fit the role according to Aanand L. Rai. Katrina Kaif reveals that she was get offered for the film before Shah Rukh Khan was cast. She was initially supposed to play herself in the film, but the character was later described. She later confirmed that the script and story of Zero had changed over two years, hinting that Shah Rukh Khan recommended this. Tigmanshu Dhulia will portray the role of Bauaa Singh (Shah Rukh Khan) father. Shah Rukh Khan totally in the mood that he was not signing any other film during Zero‘s production. This movie will feature guest appearances by Salman Khan, Rani Mukerji, Deepika Padukone, Kajol, Alia Bhatt, Sridevi Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor and Juhi Chawla who will portray themselves. This will mark Sridevi’s last appearance in a movie as she died before the release of this movie.
In August 2016, the Director reveals that the filming would begin in December 2016. This date was later postponed to 2017. The Shooting of the film eventually began in May 2017 in Mumbai. In May 2017, an accident occurred on the set during the shot, in which crew members were injured. In June 2017, Shah Rukh Khan revealed that only 10 minutes of footage of the movie had been completed. Katrina Kaif joined the Production Team on 22 September 2017. Anushka Sharma started shooting in September 2017. On 8 January, she resumed her shooting of the film after taking a break for a couple of weeks for her wedding. Two days later, Shah Rukh Khan was photographed on the sets of the film in suburban Mumbai. The crew took a break during the festival of Makar Sakrant. The shoot was also extended to Bandra, Mumbai. Around January 2018, the Guest appearance for this film is completed their shots.
In this movie, visual effects were heavily used to make Shah Rukh Khan character three feet person. According to Shah Rukh Khan, this was done as “I would have a problem if I have to do it this role on my knees. I am trying to avoid that thing because that looks unreal to the Audience also, and at this age, you don’t want to do that.” The makers of the movie took inspiration from the technology that used in The Lord of the Rings Hollywood Movie. According to Aanand L.Rai, the film will use the most visual effects for an Indian film. In February 2018, it was revealed that the post-production work of a second teaser was being finished. From 4 to 8 April 2018, Shah Rukh Khan shot the film’s schedule in Vasai, Mumbai, flying in a helicopter to avoid the traffic of Mumbai city. In the middle of the April, the film’s shooting was set to the United States for a sequence of the Movie. Some sequences were also filmed in Alabama. Shah Rukh Khan finished his shooting for Zero, and the Production Team wrapped the movie shooting in Orlando, during the month of June 2018.
Marketing and Release
The title of the film was announced by Shah Rukh Khan and Aanand L.Rai on 1 January 2018 in a minute long teaser posted on Twitter due to the huge demand from fans. The video showed the Shah Rukh Khan in his unusual singing and dancing to Mohammed Rafi’s “Hum Ko Tum Pe Pyar Aaya”. Although neither Katrina Kaif nor Anushka Sharma appeared in the teaser video, in one of the scenes, Khan wore a jacket with a collage of Kaif’s pictures imprinted on it. In less than 24 hours time, the video has reached over the 3 million views on YouTube. Red Chillies Entertainment later reveals that the Zero posts had reached over 10 million views, and this post also in various social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram. The following day, the first teaser poster with the tagline “21st December 2018 se aapke piche” was reveals by Red Chillies Entertainment.
According to Aanand L.Rai, Zero was chosen to be released in December since it is “a month when we celebrate life and what better time for a boy who celebrates that he is physically incomplete and his incompleteness completes others as he travels from Meerut to New York for the imperfect love. There is a beauty in incompleteness we are celebrating this year with Zero.” During the Islamic festival of Eid, a promotional teaser was released on 13 June 2018, featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan, the latter in the attire sported by him in the film Tiger Zinda Hai (2017).
In late August 2018, Aanand L.Rai confirmed to the media that the trailer for Zero would release on November 2, Shah Rukh Khan’s birthday.