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Shah Rukh Khan on Dunki and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge parallels - 'Even after 11 surgeries, I can still run the same'

Rajkumar Hirani's London-bound adventure stirs nostalgia with a DDLJ touch.

Shah Rukh Khan on Dunki and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge parallels - 'Even after 11 surgeries, I can still run the same'
Shah Rukh Khan in stills from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Dunki

Last Updated: 05.17 PM, Dec 06, 2023


As soon as the Dunki trailer dropped, many on the Internet drew parallels from his 1995 film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Aditya Chopra directed the film, which features Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol and is considered a classic. The older version of the superstar's character wears a yellow and blue-striped T-shirt in Dunki, reminiscent of his attire in the entry sequence of DDLJ.

Shah Rukh Khan responds to a fan's query

During an "Ask SRK" session on X (formerly known as Twitter), someone asked him, "@iamsrk, somewhere in between, we all grew up... How does it feel when you see edits like this one?"

To which the superstar replied, "Life is a run. I am so glad that even after 11 surgeries, I can still run the same, and my same t-shirt fits me just fine!!"

Check out the post below:

Shah Rukh Khan unveils the meaning of Dunki

While explaining what the title of Dunki means, Shah Rukh wrote on X, "Dunki is actually the donkey journey across borders without permits. In the Punjabi dialect, they pronounce it Dunki."

Take a look:

Rajkumar Hirani directs Dunki, with Taapsee Pannu as the female lead and Vicky Kaushal in an extended cameo appearance. The film's supporting cast includes Boman Irani, Vikram Kochhar, and Anil Grover.

Overview of Dunki

In the film, a group of best buddies named Hardayal "Hardy" Singh Dhillon, Buggu Lakhanpal, Balli, Sukhi, and Manu all want to make it big in London. They are eager to relocate to London and immerse themselves in the English language and culture. However, they choose to enter through an underground passage named "Dunki" and encounter a series of obstacles, ultimately leading to life-changing experiences.

Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani, and Kanika Dhillon wrote Dunki, produced by Gauri Khan, Rajkumar Hirani, and Jyoti Deshpande. The big-screen release of Dunki is scheduled for December 21, 2023, ahead of Christmas.

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