In a recent interview, SRK's close friend and producer Vivek Vaswani recalled how the superstar left Rakesh Roshan stunned with his knowledge of the world of cinema and bagged a role in Uncle King instead of Salman Khan.
Vivek told Film Companion that he had arranged a meeting between Shah Rukh and Rakesh. He was well aware that the role of Jackie ShroffKing's brother Uncle was yet to be cast. So he suggested SRK's name for the same. When Rakesh met SRK, he directly asked, 'Why should I cast you?'
The producer said that he trained SRK and explained him about the film industry. He then revealed that the role of Jackie's brother in the film would initially be offered to Salman who was already a star at that time.
This old photo of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol from the actress's mehendi ceremony shows Aryan Khan as a child – VIRAL ALERT
He mentioned that Rakesh had already sold King Uncle, so casting Salman and paying him more money would not increase the price of the film and casting SRK at a lesser amount would not reduce the price of the film.
Vivek shared that Rakesh's jaw dropped when he heard Shah Rukh speaking like an industry professional, like a veteran, coming from a TV background. Rakesh was surprised by SRK's information that he has signed a three-film deal with Film. After King Uncle, SRK appeared in Karan Arjun and Koyla, directed by Rakesh Roshan.
In the following years, Shah Rukh Khan continued to build his reputation as a versatile actor. Films like Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992), Darr (1993) and Baazigar (1993) showed his ability to portray diverse characters.