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It gets a little difficult to do a romantic film every time: Shah Rukh Khan

Mar 3, 2012 ,

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Face to Face


Shah Rukh Khan and informally referred as SRK, is an Indian film actor. Often referred to in the media as "Badshah of Bollywood", "King Khan", "King of Romance" and "The King of Bollywood", Khan has acted in 75 Hindi films in genres ranging from romantic dramas to action thrillers. His contributions to the film industry have garnered him numerous achievements including fourteen Filmfare Awards from thirty nominations. His eight Filmfare Best Actor Award wins make him the most awarded Bollywood actor of all time in that category, tied only with Dilip Kumar. In 2005, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri for his contributions towards Indian cinema. Khan is now regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics, he started his career appearing in theatre and several television serials in the late 1980s and later made his Hindi film debut in 1992 with Deewana. Early in his career he was recognised for his unconventional choice in portraying negative roles in films such as Darr (1993), Baazigar (1993) and Anjaam (1994). He later rose to prominence by playing a series of romantic roles in the films Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995).,[9] Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998).[10] The commercial success of these films garnered him the tag of "the King of Romance", Khan subsequently earned wide critical appreciation for his portrayal of a NASA scientist in Swades (2004), a hockey coach in Chak De! India (2007) and as the titular character in My Name Is Khan (2010).of the films he has acted in, have accumulated gross earnings of over 100 crore (US$18.2 million) worldwide, making him one of the most successful leading actors of Hindi cinema. Khan is the co-founder of Dreamz Unlimited, a production company and occupies the position of CEO and co-chairman of the motion picture production and distribution company Red Chillies Entertainment and the animation studio Red Chillies VFX. He is also co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders. The year 2007 marked his debut as a television presenter with the Star Plus gaming show Kaun Banega Crorepati. Khan is often labelled by the Media as "Brand SRK" due to his various brand endorsement and entrepreneurship ventures. He is also a regular stage performer and award ceremony host and has been involved in philanthropic endeavors related to Health care, relief funds and children's education, for which he was honoured with the UNESCO's Pyramide con Marni award in 2011. Khan is considered to be one of the biggest film stars in cinematic history, with a fan following claimed to number in the billions; in 2011, the Los Angeles Times called him "the world's biggest movie star." He has also been regularly featured in the listing of the most powerful names in Indian Cinema and in 2008, Newsweek named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the world. Khan has an estimated net worth of over US $540 million(25 billion). He has been married to Indian film producer and interior designer, Gauri Khan since 1991, and together they have two children. Sporting his new, rugged and unkempt look at the exclusive premiere of his movie Don 2 in Mumbai, which started after a long delay, the actor, with his high-octane charisma, wowed audiences with his presence. He also launched the exclusive TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Rose Gold Ruthenium and Ceramic watch at the occasion, while posing candidly for the shutterbugs.

Caught up in a tight schedule, the actor, amidst an entourage of his bodyguards and other personnel, sat down for a quick conversation, battling the inflow of questions with much ease and offering insights on his life and work. 

What does being Shah Rukh Khan mean?
Being Shah Rukh Khan is being very hectic, very restless, and not having the luxury to slow down or fail. And to add to it, it is to keep smiling always, whatever day or time it may be.


What is your dream role that you want to be cast in the future?
Phew…I have given up on that. Initially, when I started, I had some thoughts on what I wanted to do and what roles I wanted to play. But as the years have gone by, I have suddenly realised that instead of waiting for the role I want, I will just take the roles that come my way and turn them into what I would like them to be. And the way the director wants it to be, that’s a more important and bigger challenge! In the last two years, I was bedridden with my shoulder ache, so I couldn’t do any action movies, but now I can. So depending on my frame and state of mind, I choose my films. Whatever the characters in the film, I develop very organically, unless it’s a biopic like My Name is Khan, which needs some kind of research and study. However, I love to read, I keep building human beings in my head, so when called upon, I relate to the characters or the story in my way. And that’s why sometimes I behave differently because of the people in my head.


You have done several romantic movies that have been great hits. Can you elaborate on that?
It gets a little difficult to do a romantic film every time. One can’t do things the same way all the time. You have to do things differently. The story remains more or less the same, but you have to be nicer, you have to find new and nice ways of ‘making love’. (smiles)


What is the mantra of your success and of being the King Khan of Bollywood?
I really have no idea; maybe just keep working. Just wake up, enjoy and have fun with the people I work with. Enjoy doing what you are doing, not seeing what you have done.



(Courtesy: Read more in the Mar-Apr 2012 issue of Time 'n Style. On Stands Now!)

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