Nikitin Dheer Talks About Shah Rukh Khan's Kind Gesture Towards Him, Remarks, 'I'll Never Forget It'

Nikitin Dheer opens up about his 'Chennai Express' co-star, Shah Rukh Khan's extremely kind gestures towards him that left him speechless.


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Nikitin Dheer Talks About Shah Rukh Khan's Kind Gesture Towards Him, Remarks, 'I'll Never Forget It'

Nikitin Dheer is one of the most popular faces on Indian television and cinema. Known for his tall, well-built physique and handsome looks, the actor has starred in a number of daily soaps, such as Shrimad Ramayan, Ishqbaaz, Naagin 3, Dwarkadheesh Bhagwan Shree Krishn and others. Talking about his film journey, the actor received widespread fame with his role in the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer, Chennai Express. Apart from it, he has also featured in some of the most popular films, such as Jodhaa Akbar, Ready, Dabangg 2, Shershaah and others.

Nikitin Dheer recalls how SRK never let him sit separately on Chennai Express’s sets

In a recent interaction with Siddharth Kannan, Nikitin Dheer opened up about his experience of working with the superstar, Shah Rukh Khan on the sets of the film, Chennai Express. The actor remembered feeling quite overwhelmed, witnessing the kind of entourage both the lead actors, SRK and Deepika Padukone brought along with them. However, Nikitin revealed how, it was Shah Rukh Khan who noticed him sitting alone and instead of calling the former, he simply got up and came to sit next to him. In his words:

“On the first day, I was quite taken aback because I was an unknown. Deepika Padukone was there with her entourage, Shah sir was there with his entourage, and Rohit Shetty’s sets are huge. I would sit in the corner and do my thing, but the magnanimity of Shah Rukh Khan… Instead of calling me to him, he brought his own chair next to me and sat down. I’ll never forget it.”

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Nikitin remembers Shah Rukh made him feel comfortable in doing a particular scene

Recalling those memories from the shooting floor of Chennai Express, Nikitin then opened up on another anecdote, wherein, during a particular scene, he was required to grab SRK’s cheek and say a particular line. However, while Nikitin was anxious and apprehensive about doing it, he revealed that it was Shah Rukh himself who not only made him comfortable, but also asserted that he should be more intimidating to be able to pull off the sequence. Nikitin narrated:

“In one scene, I had to grab his cheek and say, tu apne aap ko bada hero samajhta hai kya? I was anxious. But he said, do whatever you want, however you want to do it. The more intimidating you are, the better the scene will be.”


Nikitin talks about the moment when SRK pulled him forward to stand beside him during the film’s promotions

In the concluding segment of the interview, Nikitin Dheer shared another precious gesture of Shah Rukh Khan towards him. He spoke about the time when the entire cast and crew came together for the promotions of the film. Nikitin remarked how he preferred to stay behind all the senior actors, so that the crowd would only focus on the main actors. However, when Shah Rukh Khan saw him, he was quick to pull Nikitin in the front and gave him a salient word of advice. Nikitin shared:

“I was totally dumbfounded by the audience’s reaction at the trailer launch, because I was a nobody. I was standing behind everybody because I didn’t want to block the crowds’ view, but then, Shah sir grabbed me by the hand and pulled me forward. He said, out of these 1000 people, even if 20 come for your character, it’s a good thing. When you work with stars of his stature, you realise one thing. It’s easy to become a star, but to maintain that stardom for years is a different level of accomplishment.”

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Nikitin Dheer’s personal life

In his personal life, Nikitin Dheer is married to the love of his life and actress, Kratika Sengar. The duo crossed paths through an arranged marriage, decided by their respective families. They got married on September 3, 2014. After seven years of marital bliss, the couple got promoted as parents and welcomed their first child, their daughter, whom they named Devika.


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