Hema Malini revealed that she personally called Shah Rukh Khan to offer him the lead role in her directorial debut Dil Ashna Hai because he refused to believe it at first.
She made directorial debut with Dil Ashna Hai, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Divya Bharti. It released the same year Shah Rukh made his debut with Deewana, also starring Divya.
However, the actor recalled that Shah Rukh Khan wasn’t ready to believe at first that Hema was calling him with an acting opportunity.
“I liked him in two of his television serials (Fauji and Circus) which, in those days, were running. So I got the telephone number and rang him up. For first, I think, few days he was not believing that I am calling him. He just took the telephone number and then he called back. Then I spoke to him, he was very nice. He said he will come and meet me after two days.”
Hema added that Shah Rukh also dropped by her house and met Dharmendra, who gave him his seal of approval. “I think he had everything to be a star. I called him home and I showed Dharam ji also. ‘See, this is the boy I am going to take.’ He said, ‘Ya, ya, he’s very nice. Take him,'” the actor added.
The actor is now working on his upcoming movie Pathan. Produced by Yash Raj Studios, the actor reunites with Deepika Padukone after Happy New Year and stars alongside John Abraham for the first time.