New Delhi: Shah Rukh Khan says he had approached his friends Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra to direct his mega-budget 'RA.One' but they chickened out.

“I went to all directors to make this film ('RA.One') and even my own friends like Karan or Aditya. They all are 'lallu' (idiots) I say. I wanted to do something more than a romantic comedy,” Shah Rukh told his friend, actress Preity Zinta on UTV Stars' 'Up Close and Personal with PZ'.

The 45-year-old, who plays a superhero in the film which is releasing October 26, is hoping for positive things for the project. It is directed by Anubhav Sinha.

“I have been informed that I am officially broke and 'RA.One' has turned out to be one of the most expensive films. If this film does well, it will go down the history and will be remembered. I am glad I have bought something to India which has never been seen before... I am very inspired by 'Krish' and 'Drona'” he said.

'RA.One' also features Arjun Rampal and Kareena Kapoor, with a cameo by superstar Rajinikanth and a special voiceover by Amitabh Bachchan.

(Agencies)