‘How can I move away from SRK?’ Subhash K Jha Sunday, January 21, 2007 23:58 IST Director Aziz Mirza on his relationship with King Khan and casting Shahid Kapur in his next film. Though considerable time has elapsed since Aziz Mirza made his last film ‘Chalte Chalte’, nothing seems to have changed in the director’s life. He first remains an individual with working-class leanings, a filmmaker later. “But my new film (untitled) is set in a foreign city. I made a conscious decision to move out of Mumbai this time. Since I last made a film, the process of globalisation has accelerated. I want to see how it affects my protagonist. But yes, I’ll continue to be taken up by the problems of the have-nots.” Dismissing speculation about him having drifted apart from his protégé Shah Rukh Khan, Aziz says, “Not at all! Juhi (Chawla) and Shah Rukh are like my own children. How can I move away from them? The only reason why Shah Rukh is not in my new film is because this role required a young boy just out of college.” He explains, “In fact, the minute Juhi heard the script she said she could see a younger Shah Rukh in it. That’s how Shahid came in.” Aziz refuses to take any credit for Shah Rukh’s success and says, “It’s wrong to say I helped his career. Shah Rukh became an overnight star with ‘Deewana’. I remember they had shot half the film with another actor. Shah Rukh came into the project at the fag end. That’s destiny! One doesn’t have to always work with the ones we love. Some relationships go beyond the professional. Shah Rukh’s and mine is one of them.” Ever since his wife Nirmala’s death, Aziz has been in a state of seclusion. “Not really. It always takes me time to make my next film. Writing a film isn’t an easy process. After ‘Chalte Chalte’ I had to do a film that I was comfortable with,” he ends.