Rajkumar Hirani loses his identity

Researching for his upcoming film P.K, the filmmaker was mistaken for Vidhu Vinod Chopra. That's how close they really are
Visiting astrologers and temples as a part of research for his upcoming film P.K., filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani realised just how close is his association with Vidhu Vinod Chopra is. An unsuspecting Raju, who was standing in a queue to enter a temple couldn't believe when a guy approached him and asked, "Hey, aren't you Vidhu Vinod Chopra?" His explanations fell on deaf ears. Recalling the incident, Raju told us, "I had cut my moustache since I didn't want to be recognised. A guy mistook me for Vidhu Vinod Chopra. I tried to tell him that I wasn't, but he just wouldn't listen. Bahut der ke baad he left and he still wasn't convinced about my identity."
"In fact, researching for the film had been a lot of fun," revealed the filmmaker. "P.K. is about God and godmen. It's a satire that is very close to me and Abhijat Joshi who writes with me. We have incorporated many incidents that we experienced in real life. The audience identifies with them," he added.
Interestingly, Raju is a self-proclaimed agnostic. "I do go to a temple or a church at times but that's just because I feel peaceful there," he explained and continued to talk about his next venture.
When we pointed out the vast age difference between his lead actors Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma (24), he simply said, "The concept of P.K. doesn't underline how old these two are in real life. Even the height is immaterial." But there's another role in the film that requires a younger hero. And though he is reportedly looking at Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh or Imran Khan to fit the bill, the slot is still empty.
"I'm in two minds whether to cast an established star or a newcomer. I want to finish a major chunk that doesn't require Aamir in October. This I shall shoot in Italy with Anushka. Aamir would join me in December," he told us.
About Aamir's son Junaid who will be working as an assistant to him, Raju said, "Aamir called me up and asked if Junaid could work with me on P.K. I was game. That boy has an eye for detail and very good research and organisational skills. Aamir said that he shouldn't be given any preferential treatment and I should treat him like any other AD. Junaid gets his share of scolding too."



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