Stardom means nothing to me says Shah Rukh
With numerous mega-hits in his filmography which spans over two decades in
Hindi cinema, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan sits pretty on the pinnacle
of success, but says stardom means nothing to him.
"It (stardom) means nothing to me. All I know is to work from morning to
night. I don't know what it (stardom) means to me. I work almost 18 hours
a day. The biggest thing in life is to define the reason for your success
because I don't know it. I think you are dishonest if you explain it
because I can't pass it on to my daughter and son, nobody can," SRK said.
In 2012, Khan had only one release -- Yash Chopra's 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan'
opposite Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. The film was a huge hit. Even
this year, the actor will have only Rohit Shetty's 'Chennai Express'
hitting the cinema houses.
On whether it is a conscious decision to slow down, SRK said, "No it is
not... I do one film at a time. Now I like to do one film a year, take
time off, sit with the kids. And I feel you can't make four-five films a
year. I think it spoils the quality. I want to do quality films. I want
people to talk about my film whenever it comes out... be it good, bad or
"I got injured in between and then Yashji (Yash Chopra) wanted me to start
working on his film first so we waited for the girls to get free. I could
afford to have started a film but I chose not to. So I spent time with
kids. Before that I did 'Don' and 'Ra.One', both of which were action
films... and it takes time," the 47-year-old actor said.
"I wanted to start 'Happy New Year' in January... we were to start
shooting for a song. But then I spoke to Farah (Khan) that we will start
in one go and continue it. I told her 'let me finish 'Chennai Express' in
April-May and then start it'," he added.
On whether injuries made him decide to do one film a year, SRK said, "No
it is not like that at all. I don't have problems with breathing or any
other injury. I do films as they come. I can afford to do the film that I
want to do at the time I wish to... I worked for it for 22 years."
About 'Chennai Express', he said, "The film is a journey in the South. It
is about how we believe our culture and languages are different but love
conquers all. So it is a fun way to show that. It is a film which is fun,
people meet from different zones."
Citing an example, SRK said, "My mother is from Hyderabad and my father is
from Peshawar and I have always noticed this funny act… She used to
speak in Hyderabadi and he used to speak in Pashtun. Different ideologies
but love conquered all. So the film is a treatment of a romance in the
travel down south of a man who is from north."
The story is about a man's journey from Mumbai to Rameshwaram and what
happens on the way. The romantic comedy, also starring Deepika Padukone,
is scheduled to release this year.
On the relatable characters that he has portrayed in his filmy career,
Shah Rukh said, "I do the film character as a job. If I am given a
character to play I do it with the best of my ability. I live it, believe
in it, just do it, then leave it and let go off to do another one."
"I liked doing 'Chak De', I liked Mohan Bhargav (Swades), Rahul and Raj
from 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' and 'Dilwale Dhulaniya Le Jayega' respectively,
Sunil in 'Darr'," he said.
"If you mix it all then I am a confused personality. None of the roles
that I have played till now are close to me. But all of them take upon
experiences of what I have seen, read or felt in my life, none of them are
far removed from them. I think every actor when essaying a role is about
an experience or thought or believe he or she has. I also liked 'My Name
is Khan' but I am not any of my characters," he added.
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