Shahrukh was impressed with Sudeep's performance after watching the promos of his movie Rann. So he told his friend Nikhil Dwivedi that he wanted to meet him. One day while Sudeep was busy shooting Phoonk sequel Phoonk 2, Nikhil took him to Mannat without disclosing him.
Nervous Sudeep had his two-hour insightful chat with King Khan. He says that he is simple and down-to-earth with no airs whatsoever. They had chat without any agenda. Finally, he felt that meeting Shahrukh in person for so long is incomparable. He also met Gauri briefly and he feels that it was moving and pleasant experience.