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‘I am the BEST!'

Discussion in 'Shah Rukh Khan Dhamaal' started by lara, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. lara

    lara Jodi No.1

    ‘I am the BEST!'

    This is the season for blogs. Every Bollywood star worth his white shoes has started a blog ~ except one. Shah Rukh Khan says blogging falls within the realm of journalism. And he cannot be a journalist. Derek Bose spoofs the blog that wasn’t

    The name is Khan ~ King Khan. They call me Shah Rukh Khan also. That’s cool. But I liked it more when they called me Shah Rukh-da. That was during the IPL season with my Kolkata Knight Riders. It made me feel very Bong ~ all brainy and bluster. I told them, “Korbo-Lorbo-Jeetbo Re”! I sang, shouted, danced for them... How was I to know that no amount of motivation would ever work with a team whose captain belongs to a city that understands only one slogan, “Cholbe Na!” We were sent packing with the lowest score in the tournament ~ 67 all out. Now I am left with 17,000 golden helmets. I had bought them for my fans, had my team reached the final.
    But that’s all right. One learns as one moves on in life. I have always taken my chances, unlike my friends who have nothing better to do than take digs at me in their blogs. The guys who are confused about naming dogs and praying that Paanchvi Pass fails probably do not know that SRK rarely loses. I hate losing. Even in the IPL, mine was the only team to make money. That’s not the point though. In my heart and mind, I know that as you sow, so you reap. I have worked hard to be where I am today. I do television, dance at weddings, endorse soft drinks, watches, soap, cars, refrigerators... I am an entertainer; the medium does not matter. If I am wealthy, it is because I work fast and earn fast. I don’t sit back like others.
    I get up every morning telling myself that there is no one better than me. It makes me work hard because I love the adulation. I love it when people leave their houses early morning and stand outside mine. They whistle, cheer, chant my name. I love it when people write to me in blood ~normally very short letters like ‘I love you’. I get people who fall sick and think I can cure them. I see joy in their eyes when they see me. I’d die if people wouldn’t recognize me. I wouldn’t walk on the road if people don’t mob me. That’s what I work for.
    I don’t understand stars who work half their lives to be recognised and then spend half their lives wearing dark glasses so that people don’t recognize them. I don’t like wearing dark glasses. I am happy with the fact that people know me. I want people to scream and shout at me. I want them to trouble me when I am having lunch. I like six bodyguards around me. I love being a star. I know I am the best. There are stars in Hollywood who may look better than me, speak better than me, act better than me... maybe even dance as well as I do. But only 2.5 billion people watch their films. Bollywood has a global audience of 3.6 billion. That makes me the biggest star on this planet!
    But at the end of the day, I am just an actor who happens to be at the right place at the right time. After 15 years and 65 films, it still feels like living a dream ~ the way I felt when I stood in front of the camera for the first time in Pradip Kishen’s In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones. Yes, that was my first film, not Darr or Baazigar. Actually, by then I had done almost a dozen films, some really sidey, like Deewana, King Uncle, Maya Memsaab, Dil Aashna Hai, Chamatkar… Darr got me noticed big time. And to imagine, the role of the guy going ‘Ka-Ka-Ka-Kiran’ was offered to Ajay (Devgan) first and then to Aamir (Khan). After they refused, Yash Uncle came to me. Similarly, Baazigar came to me, only after Akshay (Kumar) and Arbaaz Khan refused to do it. It was on rejected parts that I have built my career on.
    This is the point I’m driving at. In my job, you can never say when opportunity knocks. The fear of losing on a good thing makes you do a lot of crappy stuff ~like playing small town crooks, a rickshawallah, the joker who gets battered for no reason... (I mustn’t say too much, else those directors would kick my ass.) I was portrayed an obsessed lover, a nice lover, an angry lover, a romantic lover. For someone who doesn’t even like love stories, I played an awful lot of lovers. Many of those films I had done for old time’s sake, for the guys who helped me when I was still trying to get my bearings in Bombay. This is a risk everyone takes. You want to return a favour. But you cannot help it if the guy has lost his creative edge and takes you down with him.
    I could see myself slipping, till Adi (Aditya Chopra) came to my rescue with Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge in 1995. Again, I was not supposed to do the film initially. Saif (Ali Khan) was approached first for the lead part of Raj Malhotra and only after he turned it down, did I get to be in DDLJ. And see what a difference that one film has made to so many of us ~ the Chopras, Kajol, Farah (choreographer), Abhijeet (playback singer), Karan (Johar)... the entire industry. It ran for more than 600 weeks (11 years) at a stretch at one theatre, Maratha Mandir ~ a record in Indian film history. I got work in films like Dil To Pagal Hai, Dil Se, Devdas, Veer Zaara and Don. Some wise guys said I was repeating myself. But I do not sit around complaining about the lack of good roles. I will play Raj 85 times and still make him different.
    And look at Karan! He apprenticed as Adi’s assistant in DDLJ ~ even played a cameo as Rocky ~ then found his confidence and three years later, launched his career as a hotshot filmmaker with a string of blockbusters: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kal Ho Na Ho, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna… Now he is making My Name Is Khan with me.
    Today, when Karan says that he cannot think of a film without me, it is not out of any obligation or a sense of gratitude. We bond better than brothers. We speak the same language, think the same, share the same aspirations, sensibility, fear and hopes. Farah is another sweetheart. She is supremely talented and has possibly the best sense of humour in the entire film fraternity. She has the ability to laugh at her herself and others. I have been in both her films ~ Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om. She too knows that I’d be there for her always. So do Kajol, Rani (Mukherji), Adi, Arjun (Rampal), Mehr (Jessia), Juhi (Chawla)... We share a closeness that goes beyond work and films. I lost my parents before moving into Bombay. These friends are now family to me. I feel very close to them. You come across lots of people all the time but you only make very few friends and you have to be true to them. Otherwise what’s the point in life?
    In 2000, when I started my production house, Dreamz Unlimited, these were the guys who stood by me. Everybody else said we were an incestuous group out to make money, we were polarizing the industry, creating a new power centre... They were right. What’s wrong with making money? It’s just that Dreamz Unlimited did not make enough money. The public rejected our films ~ Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, Asoka and Chalte Chalte. But those very films remain closest to my heart ~ particularly, Phir Bhi Dil... in which Juhi and I played rival reporters against a background of terrorism. It was a neat film, very contemporary with its share of laughter and suspense, but the audience did not like it.
    The experience taught me one lesson, which I have since applied to all business decisions: You cannot let your heart rule the head where it concerns money. You’ve got have a little of Hitler and Napoleon to succeed. It may be out of character, but when I launched Red Chillies Entertainment, my second production house in 2004, I deliberately became hard-nosed and tough and see the results: Main Hoon Na, Paheli, Om Shahti Om... and now Billoo Barber. Paheli did not do so well in the Indian box-office, but elsewhere, it has made good money. Today, even if I try, I cannot be as selfless as Mahatma Gandhi or Mother Teresa. It of course, helps to have good friends and understanding colleagues to put up with my madness and not allow personal relations to overlap the personal.
    To return to my original premise: the opportunities life presents and how one makes the most of them. Had Akshay or Arbaaz accepted Baazigar, would I be where I am? If Darr did not come to me, what could I be doing? Had Saif not turned down DDLJ, what would life be? These are of course, questions in the realm of speculation. One could always laugh them away by saying that their loss is my gain. But life is not that simple. It is full of surprises. I wanted to be a sportsman and imagined myself to be the next Pele. I played football at school, also hockey, till I gave it all up on doctors’ advice. I could get only as far as playing a discredited coach of a woman’s hockey team and today, I find myself as an actor owning a cricket team.
    At no point can you say what life has in store for you. I set out 15 years ago with a prayer on my lips and hope in my heart. The dreams I chased, took me on a journey ~ a journey more rewarding then the goals, the achievements. Today I am past 40. When I look back it’s like facing a million mirrors. Each reflection opens a window. A window to the world I’ve just discovered. The world I want to share with all of you.

  2. Leyla

    Leyla New Member

    AW: ‘I am the BEST!'

    Thank you for this Laurenzia....:):)

    And here comes my favorite part: :heart: :heart: :heart:

    At no point can you say what life has in store for you. I set out 15 years ago with a prayer on my lips and hope in my heart. The dreams I chased, took me on a journey ~ a journey more rewarding then the goals, the achievements. Today I am past 40. When I look back it’s like facing a million mirrors. Each reflection opens a window. A window to the world I’ve just discovered. The world I want to share with all of you.[/

    May this wonderful journey never end inshallah....
  3. souad1

    souad1 New Member

    srk wrote this?when and where?and i never heard that saif was offered first DDLJ that's not true!
  4. luxia

    luxia I'm demented...

    I don't like the snide tone of it.
  5. luxia

    luxia I'm demented...

    No, he didn't write this. It says at the beginning that some Derek Bose whoever he is, spoofed the blog that never happened.
  6. souad1

    souad1 New Member

    ah ok, i found it strange !
  7. prilvsrk

    prilvsrk ♥tere liye♥

    this is in such bad taste!
  8. bluey[Ru]

    bluey[Ru] Guest

    i dont like this
    Shahrukh will never write sth like tht :tsk:
  9. shublee

    shublee ~ShahRukhaholic

    i dont think shahrukh wrote this

    maybe sumone tryin to pass off as srk?
  10. bluey[Ru]

    bluey[Ru] Guest

    ye shublee, this dude Derek wrote this as if Shah did

    he wasnt even close to wht shah would write :tsk:
  11. shublee

    shublee ~ShahRukhaholic


    & srk has got tongue-in-cheek arrogance but no way would he put that down in writin

    when he writes its modest & witty

    that up there sounds like :mmph::suspicious:
  12. sanjani

    sanjani Ullu-Club Member

    I don't want to read that....
  13. Geeta

    Geeta Active Member

    Oye... do you know what "spoof" means??? :tape:

    an amusing and ridiculous piece of writing, music, theatre, etc. that copies the style of an original work:

    Stupid fellow... Does not have anything better to do in his free time :crazy: AH well, let's have a look at what "ridiculous" means.. :p

    stupid or unreasonable and deserving to be laughed at

  14. bluey[Ru]

    bluey[Ru] Guest

    :pound: LMFAO!
    good one geeta :pound::thumb:
  15. SRKfanforever

    SRKfanforever Well-Known Member

    dont know what to say...but why do they have to speef a blog by SRK:crazy:
  16. Leyla

    Leyla New Member

    AW: ‘I am the BEST!'

    :confused2:Hmmmmm after reading it again, I guess you´re right guys, this is not SRK style of writing........:eek:
  17. Geeta

    Geeta Active Member

    Oye.. this is true yaar.. Saif once said in an interview that he wondered if he would have had the same dashing career as SRK has if he did not turn down DDLJ...
  18. bluey[Ru]

    bluey[Ru] Guest

    geeta, i dont think he would!
    if Saif made DDLJ, i dont think it would last tht long :confused2:
  19. rainy

    rainy New Member

    No,no Saif did not turn down DDLJ...it was other way round, SRK was the 1st choice for the role but when he refused then Adi narrated the story to Saif and he was interested also....but in the meantime Adi convinced Shah Rukh and he agreed to do DDLJ ....and Saif did not get any call from Adi regarding this so he could not do the film.

    This information is in KING OF BOLLYWOOD book by A. Chopra.
  20. Mazerq_j

    Mazerq_j Well-Known Member

    interesting ... tho spoofed but interesting to read :p

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