Did you know Shah Rukh Khan's Chak De India song Maula Mere was initially made for another film?

Recently, Salim Merchant recalled the making of a patriotic song for Shah Rukh Khan's Chak De India and revealed Maula Mere was finalized within few hours of discussion.

Updated on Jan 23, 2024  |  01:36 AM IST |  55.7K
Did you know Shah Rukh Khan's Chak De India song Maula Mere was initially made for another film?
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The music duo Salim Merchant and Sulaiman Merchant, known for their iconic music, shared earlier that the song Maula Mere from Shah Rukh Khan's Chak De India was approved just a week before the movie's release. They mentioned that the song was initially created for a film by Nagesh Kukunoor but was turned down by him, stating that it was too melancholic.

Salim Merchant reveals Chak De India’s song Maula Mere was initially made for a different film

During a recent interaction with Bollywood Hungama, Salim Merchant mentioned that the scene where Shah Rukh Khan becomes emotional while looking at the tricolor is crucial. Although there was a great background score for that moment, Yash Ji insisted, "There has to be a song here." 

He said, “The release was only a week away, and on that very day, we saw the movie and returned to the studio. We had a song initially created for the movie Dor. However, Nagesh didn't approve of this song, stating, "It is very sad." He wanted a more uplifting song for a specific sequence featuring Gul Panag and Ayesha Takia.’ 

He mentioned that on that specific day, they reached their studio at around seven or eight in the evening, and by two in the morning, the song was prepared. He added, “Adi tried to convince his father.” He mentioned that they needed to attempt a song in that specific scene, and everything turned out just right. He added, “It is a timeless song.” 


Chak De! India, directed by Shimit Amin, starred Shah Rukh Khan as the coach of the women's national hockey team. Chak De! India highlighted the plight of women's hockey in India and is still regarded as one of the best sports dramas in Hindi cinema. 

Shah Rukh Khan recently spotted at Mumbai Airport 

A video circulating on social media captures Shah Rukh Khan exiting his car, accompanied by his security team. He appeared stylish in a navy blue t-shirt, ripped denim jeans, and white sneakers. Wearing dark sunglasses, the Dunki actor swiftly headed towards the airport gate while photographers snapped pictures of him. Watch the video below! 

About Shah Rukh Khan's work front

Starting the year 2023 on a high note, Shah Rukh Khan took the lead in the action-thriller Pathaan, skillfully directed by Siddharth Anand. Alongside Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Dimple Kapadia, and Ashutosh Rana, the movie not only earned praise from critics but also became a box office success. Continuing his series of achievements, the actor followed up with another hit, Jawan, breaking new records in the process.

Carrying on with his journey in films, the actor took on a significant role in Dunki, a heartwarming drama directed by Rajkumar Hirani. Joining forces with Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal, and Boman Irani, the movie once again demonstrated success at the box office. 

Looking ahead, Shah Rukh Khan's next venture is a joint effort with Sujoy Ghosh, named King, where he acts alongside his daughter, Suhana Khan. Produced by Red Chillies Entertainment in collaboration with Siddharth Anand's Marflix Entertainment, the movie, named King, is expected to begin filming in January, as exclusively disclosed by Pinkvilla. Shah Rukh Khan also has a project in the works called Tiger Vs Pathaan in collaboration with Salman Khan. 

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