Did you know that Rituraj Singh was in Shah Rukh Khan's debut film 'The One Where Annie Gives Him Those'?


New Delhi: Rituraj Singh, who passed away at the age of 59 in the early hours of Tuesday, was a member of TAG, the same Delhi theater group as Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan.

The two used to rehearse together and play soccer. And they acted together in SRK's debut film 'In Which Annie Gives It These Ones'.

Broadcast in 1989, it was made for Doordarshan by filmmaker and environmentalist Pradip Kishen based on the screenplay by Booker Prize-winning novelist Arundhati Roy, drawing heavily on her days as a student at the Delhi School of Planning and Architecture.

In those days, SRK, despite being known for his pivotal role in the television series 'Fauji', was nowhere near the superstar he was going to become, so the role he so desperately wanted to essay went to Rituraj. .

In the film, which won two National Awards (Best English Feature Film and Best Screenplay), Rituraj played the role of Arjun Kamat, who along with his girlfriend, Radha (played by Arundhati Roy), hatches a plan to turn the hostile thesis. panel in favor of the main character and his friend Anand, known as Annie, during the presentation process.

Anand was played by Arjun Raina, a local actor who also acted in Kishen's next film, 'Electric Moon', and is best known today as a Kathakali dancer and a teacher at the National School of Drama whose students include Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Adil Hussain and Ashutosh Rana.

The role of Arjun, which he wanted so much, slipped out of SRK's hands and he had to content himself with a supporting role. SRK played a fellow student known simply as 'Senior'. It is said that SRK never forgave Arundhati Roy for his casting call!

The film's central character, Anand, is an idealistic student who would study less and instead devise utopian solutions to India's problems (such as planting trees next to train tracks where underprivileged Indians defecate; fecal matter acts as fertilizer and the water from the sprinklers connected to the trains that do the rest).

Set in the 1970s, the film was heavy on comedy and was praised for its realistic portrayal of contemporary college life. It also featured Roshan Seth, best known for playing Pandit Nehru in Sir Richard Attenborough's 'Gandhi' (in 'Annie', he played the comical college principal YS Billimoria, aka Yamdoot), Manoj Bajpayee and Raghubir Yadav.

'In Which Annie Gives It These Ones' was never released in theaters, but over the years it has become a cult film.

Rituraj Singh, who died in the early hours of Tuesday, was discharged from the hospital after being admitted following a stomach infection. However, his health condition worsened and he suffered a heart attack from which he succumbed.