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  1. SharlaJ

    SharlaJ Well-Known Member

    Are we yet to see the best of Shah Rukh Khan?
    Suhani Singh
    April 14, 2016 | UPDATED 14:39 IST

    A star in search of his stripes, Shah Rukh Khan returns to his acting roots with a trifecta of films this year.

    Shah Rukh Khan. Photograph: Bandeep Singh/Fortune India

    Shah Rukh Khan makes for a thin and tad tired figure. An air purifier is as much a showpiece in the setting as the wooden shelves showcasing books, DVDs and award trophies. His day has begun pleasantly enough, catching up with his three children- Aryan, 18; Suhana, 15; and AbRam, 2 - before descending into the chaos of meeting film distributors and the unending promotions of Fan, his first release of 2016. Produced by Yash Raj Films, it will be a one-song movie, an anomaly in Bollywood, featuring a lanky Shah Rukh lookalike dancing fervently, with no sari-clad heroine or scenic foreign landscape as backdrop for a dapper Shah Rukh. "You may ask 'Why is he doing this?' and I fully agree," says Khan. "But I felt like doing it. After 25 years of dedicating my life to an art form, I think I deserve to do what I want."

    "The commercial world is so strange"
    His last three releases- Dilwale (2015), Happy New Year (2014) and Chennai Express (2013)-all of which he produced, paid obeisance to formula. But they challenged his acting skills the most, Khan believes resolutely. "The commercial world is so strange, unreal," he says. "It is difficult as an actor to nurture my creative juices in films like Dilwale and convincingly say, 'Hum shareef kya hue, duniya badmaash ho gayi.' It (Chennai Express) wasn't my kind of humour but was funny in a different way. Your most imaginative part has to be exploited the most while doing commercial films. In other films like Chak De India!, the world helps you so much more in convincing yourself that you are the part."

    On the other side of 50, Khan is ready to veer off the tried-and-tested path, return to his acting roots. This year, he will be seen in the Maneesh Sharma-directed Fan; he will play gangster in Rahul Dholakia's Raees, facing off against the talented Nawazuddin Siddiqui; and appear in a brief but significant role in a yet untitled film directed by Gauri Shinde, starring Alia Bhatt and co-produced by him. He's also itching to start the "sweet, frothy, gentler" film to be directed by Imtiaz Ali, and is also considering a film with Aanand L. Rai. From mainstream directors Farah Khan and Rohit Shetty to collaborating with those whose films stand out more for distinct cinematic and creative vision and less for box-office collections: Is this Shah Rukh in a new avatar? Are we to see the best of King Khan now?

    "I gauge all my work through my children now"
    For Khan fans, it marks his return to Swades (2004), Paheli (2005) and Chak De! India (2007), films where character matters more than the star. In Fan, SRK will be both star and actor. He is Aryan Khanna, a superstar and, thanks to visual effects and prosthetics, also 24-year-old Gaurav, his biggest fan. A film beginning with a fan's devotion to his idol disintegrating soon into a full-blown battle between the two doesn't sound like a typical SRK film, one expected to rake in Rs 100 crore in three days. But if there is one actor who can still draw audiences to theatres, it is Shah Rukh, the actor seen by many also as an ace marketer, a label Khan refutes. "I don't know the fate of a film, the numbers," he says, "people assume I do."

    Shah Rukh at a press conference in Delhi to promote Fan, a still from the film

    What he does have is a gut feeling about Fan. Aryan and Suhana saw the film and gave it their approval with a "We are proud of you" hug. Not all his films elicit that sentiment from them. AbRam was in the audience too but got restless after a while. "I gauge all my work through my children now. There is no reason for my life except them. I need to push them and make something nice out of them," says Shah Rukh. Their feedback is important to him. "They are not the best audience but a good one. Or maybe they noticed me in a fragile state at 50."

    "The devil resides in you. The soul is never satisfied"
    That's half a century, 25 of which he has spent in Bollywood. In recent times, there has been chatter about his fragility, his vulnerability, the challenge to his supremacy in Bollywood of which he has been the Badshah. Salman and Aamir are constantly by his side, in age as well as in competition. They have overtaken him too, crossing the Rs 300 crore mark with Bajrangi Bhaijaan and PK respectively. Even Bajirao Mastani's earnings in India eclipsed Dilwale's. Shah Rukh dismisses the questions-"will he, won't he, can't he". All false, he says.

    He is a restless soul. "I can't be like 'Do saal mein ek film banaoonga' (I will make one film in two years). That's very boring," he says. So is normalcy. He pauses for a minute, trying to recollect bits from his speech at the University of Edinburgh. "Normal is not just boring. It is another way of saying you are dead." Turning introspective, he continues, "It is a strange sense of mind. I am a big star," he says. "I have to hold myself to a certain stature: in my black suits, give advice and talk about life, success and goodness. I look very calm from the outside. But there is a huge churning (inside), it is never calm. The devil resides in you. It is never satisfied."

    "I am the guy who has done different shit before it was fashionable to"
    So integral a part of Bollywood has Khan become that it is easy to forget that unlike Aamir and Salman, he has no film lineage. He was the last of the Khan troika to make his debut with Deewana (1992). 2017 will mark a personal silver jubilee for him in show business. "It used to disturb me till a few years ago when people would claim, 'Wohi karta hai (He does the same roles.). No yaar, I am the guy who has done different shit before it was fashionable to do it. I will not die with the unfulfilled desire of wanting to do something new."

    Khan is talking about playing a villain (Darr, Anjaam), the lovable hero who loses the girl in the end (Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa), the anti-hero (Baazigar), arthouse artiste (Maya Memsaab), sharing screen space with rivals (Karan Arjun, Trimurti) and then becoming the quintessential romantic hero (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge), a tag he could never quite shed-all in the first five years of his career. He also featured in Mani Kaul's adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel, The Idiot (1992). But the film never made it to the theatres. His outsider rank meant that he learned the fine art of hiding disappointments early. He has been as at ease being an Aziz Mirza hero as a Karan Johar one. Seven films he has acted in have won the best popular film national award, but Khan himself hasn't won any yet. Does it bother him? "I don't crave it but I have enough space on this shelf to keep it, so I'd like to have it," he says. "I don't question it. I am not cynical about it. I'll just keep doing the films that I do. I am not going to do a film to get a national award."

    "My biggest fear is somebody will cut my arms off"
    As an actor, he remains fearless. "It is wrong for me to say it is gutsy if I do a role. I need to do everything. If I can't do any role, I am not actor enough," he says. As a human being, he is afraid. His biggest fear is that "somebody will cut my arms off". This from a man who made spreading his arms, in slow motion, a legitimate dance move. The hunger remains, to revisit his heydays. "I will do Darr again. I know how to play him differently now. The most normal man in the world, I want to make him the scariest human being." But it's the child in him and the youngest of his children, AbRam, that keep him going. "He hasn't seen my stardom. He needs to see it like others. So I have to work like that," says Shah Rukh.

    Yes, Shah Rukh Khan is not going anywhere anytime soon. "Let me be arrogant first. I am not great enough to be humble yet," he says, quoting from a book he has written which he hopes to unveil next year. "You don't tell Lata Mangeshkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Mr Bachchan when it is over. I will know it before anybody else does." Yes, Boss.

    Tash says thanks.
  2. SharlaJ

    SharlaJ Well-Known Member

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  3. Dea

    Dea ♥SRK-Gauri♥

    very good interview, and also the pic is to die for :faint:
  4. mayerdoi

    mayerdoi Active Member

    @ferdbouk goodevening Mrs planetsrk,yes beautiful interview &so honest in the same time to say real thing it is so good,I mentioned before that king SRK ashique for his and every one who like this for sure will get a lot of successfully,king SRK act from his heart &soul,the first movie I saw first time before nine month VeerZaara and I saw new actor in East &West Asia who act like this way his expression and how he look when he is act,my friend she ask me what you find in king SRK I said hummanity even actor may his role on acting on film,but I saw that,and that's rare you find it in actors,May be first time I said I work as Duplaj in eposide ,Turkish episodes ,which they translated from Turkish to Arabic ,they make for me training but because I am ashique for writing I become a journalist for sure my study,but return to the basic subject,king SRK have huge talent&creativity and inshallah will have more&more successfully,awaiting for FAN Movie to release in Lebanon and awaiting to see in my opinion most important movie in Indian Cienma Industry Raees and a lot of movies which will acted by king of act romance technique great actor king SRK,thank you to give us space writing reply,journalist fery dbouk from Lebanon tribute to beautiful arts and great civilization of India
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    natalyaK Well-Known Member

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