Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt have worked together in ‘Dear Zindagi’. Even though the movie wasn’t a box office hit, the performances of the lead stars did win audiences hearts. King Khan is now gearing up for two projects – Imtiaz Ali’s and Aanand L Rai’s yet to be titled projects. It has been quite a long time since talks have been going about the actresses who have been approached for Aanand L Rai’s film and one of the names that popped up is of Alia Bhatt. According to report by a leading media daily, Alia turned down the project with Shah Rukh Khan, do you know why? Read further to know more.

For Aanand L Rai’s upcoming flick, from Deepika Padukone to Katrina Kaif’s names were doing rounds of the internet. The latest actress to join the bandwagon is Alia Bhatt. Deccan Chronicle citing agencies reported Alia had to turn down the project because she’s having no other dates. But the difficulty for her was to how to tell him a no. She then sought help of her mentor and King Khan’s close buddy Karan Johar.

The report states that Karan Johar along with Alia Bhatt and her manager Reshma Shetty met Shah Rukh Khan at his bungalow, Mannat in Bandra. When they met, Alia detailed SRK about her tight schedules and then requested him to go with the dates that she presented in front of him or excuse her from the project. Apparently, SRK was quite impressed the way Alia presented him the entire scenario. So, things got pretty sorted between Alia and Shah Rukh Khan. (ALSO READ: Not Katrina Kaif, but Kareena Kapoor Khan to romance Shah Rukh Khan in Aanand L Rai’s next?)

Alia Bhatt is gearing up for Ayan Mukerji’s film ‘Dragon’ in which she’s paired opposite Ranbir Kapoor and she also has Zoya Akhtar’s film ‘Gully Boy’ in her kitty in which she’ll be sharing screen space with Ranveer Singh.