Director Subhash Ghai revealed that he planned to do a film with Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, and Shah Rukh Khan, but Khan backed out of the film. He told a news agency that the film was titled as Mother Land.
The Taal director said, “In 2003, I wanted to start a war film called ‘Mother Land’, where I had cast Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. The script was ready and three songs were also recorded, but at the last minute Shah Rukh backed out."
Ghai said that SRK backed out of the film as the actor felt that there were a lot of characters in it.
The director added, "He (Shah Rukh) felt there are so many characters in the film. He wanted to do a solo hero film then, but mine was not. It was a story of Dilip saab, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh. On my wish list were also Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Preity Zinta and Mahima Chaudhry for the film but that’s destiny."
Shah Rukh Khan has worked with Ghai in Pardes. However, the director revealed that even before Pardes, he wanted to do a film with him called Shikhar.
He added, "Before Pardes, I had designed a film called Shikhar, starring Jackie Shroff and Shah Rukh, where we were to cast a new girl. It was a love story with a war backdrop. We had done our muhurat too and recorded a song after signing A R Rahman. My team thought, since Shikhar was a very big war film with huge investment, let’s make a small budget film. I thought let’s make a small film, which happened to be Pardes, shoot within a year and come back to Sikhar later.”