Dunki: Shah Rukh Khan confirms his next with Rajkumar Hirani, calls the director his Santa Claus

Remember when we told you that Shah Rukh Khan and Rajkumar Hirani are coming together for a very special project? Well, the wait is finally over. SRK just took to social media to announce his next – after Pathaan, of course – with the PK director. Titled Dunki, this marks SRK and Hirani’s first collaboration together. But you know what else we spotted? Taapsee Pannu is joining the cast! Shah Rukh even called Hirani his ‘Santa Claus’ in the caption. Yup, only Santa could have pulled off this casting coup. Psst, also because it is a Christmas 2023 release!


Shah Rukh Khan had a very hatke style of announcing this new film. It is no teaser, no first look, but a really quirky video featuring King Khan himself with the Star Maker, Rajkumar Hirani. Sharing the video, SRK wrote, “Dear @hirani.rajkumar sir, Aap toh Mere Santa Claus nikle. Aap shuru karo main time pe pahunch jaunga. actually main toh set par hi rehne lagunga!Feeling humbled and excited to finally work with you.Bringing to you all #Dunki in cinemas on 22nd December 2023 @taapsee @gaurikhan @redchilliesent @rhfilmsofficial (sic).”

The announcement video starts off with SRK staring at a wall full of posters of Rajkumar Hirani films. Soon, Hirani walks up to him, and SRK praises him for creating iconic characters like Sanjay Dutt’s Munnabhai MBBS and Aamir Khan’s PK.

Shah Rukh then asks Hirani if he has a script for him. Hirani says, “Ek kahani hai,” which promises oodles of comedy and emotion. What about romance, the Dil Se actor asks. “Hai sir, but aap yeh wala action avoid kijiyega,” adds Hirani, referring to SRK’s signature hands-stretched pose. “Haath hi kaat lunga main, sir aap bolo toh (I will chop off my hands, you just tell me),” SRK adds at the end.

We sure wish iski naubat naa aye. And that there’s loads of romance for SRK fans!


Dunki has been written by Rajkumar Hirani, Abhijaat Joshi and Kanika Dhillon, and has been produced by Rajkumar Hirani and Gauri Khan. The film went on floor this April 2022, with the next schedule being shot extensively in Punjab.

Speaking about the film, Rajkumar Hirani, said “Through the course of my career, Shah Rukh Khan has always been on my wish list and after trying to collaborate several times in the past, we were finally destined to have ‘Dunki’ mark our partnership. The energy, charisma, humour and charm that he brings to a film is unparalleled and I look forward to bringing that magic to the big screen.”

Shah Rukh Khan, who is elated to work with Hirani added, “Rajkumar Hirani is one of the finest filmmakers of this generation, we have always spoken about working together and I am extremely happy we are finally doing it with ‘Dunki’. We have just started shooting this month and I am cherishing every moment of it. Raju ke liye main Donkey, Monkey…kuch bhi ban sakta hoon!”

The film is scheduled for release on December 22, 2023.

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