Zero, which released in December 2018, was one of the biggest disappointments in Shah Rukh Khan's career. Co-starring Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in the leads, Zero was a love story with elements of science fiction and was directed by Aanand L Rai. Made on a budget of nearing Rs 200 crore at the box office, the movie underperformed at the box office, not even grossing Rs 100 crore in India. Zero Movie Review: Shah Rukh Khan’s Infectious Charm, Anushka Sharma’s Brilliant Act and Katrina Kaif’s Stunning Performance Win You Over!
Even the reviews were not in favour of the film, though some of Shah Rukh Khan's ardent fans stood by the movie, saying it was grossly underappreciated. Some of the biggest criticisms came for its length, an unlikable protagonist, a second half that no one expected etc.
Now Zero is on Netflix, and those who have watched the film in theatres and are watching it again on the streaming app, are quite surprised. The version of Netflix looks a bit different from its theatrical counterpart. Zero: From Game of Thrones to Ranbir Kapoor, 18 Things You Missed in Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma’s Movie That Will Make You Appreciate It More!
For one, the length is slightly reduced, with the theatrical version being 164 minutes and Netflix version being 149 minutes. Also, the opening sequence is very different. The theatrical version starts with a dream sequence. The Netflix version begins with a callback to the NASA event where Anushka Sharma's scientist talks about sending a chimp to space, and Shah Rukh Khan's Bauua Singh arriving there.
Check out some of the fans' reactions, on the differences below:
— SHAsHikant CHavan (@iamsmCHavan) May 21, 2019
Film #Zero is on Netflix with a new beginning!The unseen scene helps understanding the theme and characters.I wish it had been in the theaters too.@aanandlrai ji!Gonna watch it again @iamsrk @AnushkaSharma #KatrinaKaif for the performances #ZeroOnNetflix @RedChilliesEnt
— Ninad Ajane (@CreativeKalakar) May 21, 2019
3am and I just sit down for lunch so I turn on my tablet and hit Netflix and happily found #ZERO and its starts off completely different so I guess this is a shorter version @ericablueyz @Devoted2SRK @
— spring t marler (@springtmarler) May 21, 2019
The start to #Zero on Netflix is different than what they released in the theatres!
I don't understand why would the makers remove that from the final cut! It sets expectations in the right way. Damn.#ZeroOnNetflix
— Pratyaksh Agarwal (@pratyaksh_a) May 21, 2019
#Zero on Netflix is very close to how I'd wanted it to be. This is a different cut yet again... I did expect Bauua's scenes with his daughter, alas. Thanks for making this beautiful film, I love it more than you'll ever know. Can I expect a sequel on Netflix? @aanandlrai @iamsrk
— Umera Tariq (@UTariq09) May 21, 2019
#Zero opening scene on Netflix
Ye scene kyu delete kiyaa yaar
Itna acha bridge bnata hai ye dono halfs me
Absolutely loved it😭😍
— Sheikh Havasi (@bharatSrkian) May 20, 2019
Perhaps, the Netflix version is also what Shah Rukh Khan took to China to showcase at the Beijing Film Festival earlier this year. This makes us wonder that if there was an option to reduce the film's runtime, why the makers of Zero didn't opt for such an idea earlier.