It was Aamir Khan who asked Shah Rukh to consider Rakesh Sharma's biopic 'Saare Jahaan Se Achha'

Shah Rukh Khan's 'Zero' trailer has got a thumbs up from Aamir Khan Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 27, 2018, 04.13 PM (IST)

Not many know that Aamir Khan was initially roped in to play the titular role in Rakesh Sharma's biopic 'Saare Jahaan Se Achha'. The actor was in talks with writer Anjum Rajabali who is also the writer of this project and had liked the script even but later opted out of the project. 

"I think it`s a great and wonderful script. I am a huge fan of Rakesh (Sharma) and it`s a wonderful story.

"I feel sad that I am not able to do it, which is why I actually called up Shah Rukh and said that it`s a wonderful story and you should hear it`. I am really happy that he liked it and he is doing it so, all my best wishes for their project." Aamir said during an awards ceremony. Also read: Aamir Khan apologises for 'Thugs Of Hindostan' debacle

"`Saare Jahaan Se Achha` will go on floor in February and I have been very excited about the film because like Aamir said, I have also been a big fan of Rakesh and now he is a good friend also," said Rajabali.

Incidentally, Aamir could not take up the project as he currently working on a massive web series 'Mahabharat'. 

"Frankly, I was very keen that Aamir should do the film. He liked the script, we discussed it a lot and we had a lot of hopes about it. Unfortunately, Aamir is consumed with a larger sort of project called Mahabharat," added Rajabali. 

Recently, Akshay Kumar announced `Mission Mangal` along with Fox Star Studios. It`s a story of India`s Mars Mission. 

Is Rajabali worried that his `Saare Jahaan Se Achha` and Akshay Kumar`s 'Mission Mangal'  will be compared because both films are of space film genre? "No.. not at all. 
Our film is about story of a person and that film will be different from whoever character they will conceive. So, that doesn`t matter."

'Saare Jahaan Se Accha`, will be directed by Mahesh Mathai and written by Anjum Rajabali. Ronnie Screwvala will produce the film, along with Siddharth Roy Kapur, under the RSVP films and Roy Kapur Films banners respectively.

There were reports that Bhumi Pednekar has been signed opposite Shah Rukh in the film, but Screwvala recently told media that an official announcement on casting will be made soon.