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'Shah Rukh Khan can never play a poor man'

Discussion in 'Shah Rukh Khan Dhamaal' started by tasifa, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. tasifa

    tasifa which means Blue Eyes in Thai.

    'Shah Rukh Khan can never play a poor man'
    December 13, 2016 10:42 IST
    'While Shah Rukh is working on your film, he hates your film and loves the other one he is working on!'
    'So while shooting Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, he was all praises for Dil Se...'
    'While shooting Mohabbatein, he constantly spoke about Hey! Ram and during Kal Ho Naa Ho, it was Devdas this and Devdas that.'

    'He kept comparing his death scene in Kal Ho Naa Ho with the one in Devdas and said that our scene was rubbish.'
    'He kept telling me that it needed more drama, that it was a comma, not a full stop.'

    Meet the Shah Rukh Khan you never knew.

    So much has been written and said about Shah Rukh Khan.

    And yet, there's so much we still don't know.

    Former journalist, director and friend Samar Khan gives us SRK through the eyes of his directors, all 30 of them, in his book SRK: 25 Years Of A Life, celebrating 25 years of Shah Rukh's movie career.

    These directors give us fascinating insights into the superstar in these excerpts from SRK: 25 Years Of A Life.

    Rohit Shetty
    Film: Chennai Express


    People say that Shah Rukh just can't come on time. And that he can't come for morning shots.

    I think that after so many years in the industry, he has the right to expect his directors to keep him in his comfort zone. I don't think there's anything wrong with it.

    If you have to film a shot that can only be done early in the morning, he will be there, but otherwise, he wants to work in his comfort zone and I don't think anyone can grudge him that.

    Yash Chopra
    Films: Darr, Baazigar, Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Veer-Zaara, Jab Tak Hai Jaan


    He thinks of me like his father in the industry and yet he won't answer my phone or reply to messages.

    I have to call Gauri if it's urgent and tell her to trace him and get him to call me back.

    She is his only connection to the outside world while he's working.

    It take sometime to get used to it; to understand that he's not insulting you by not answering the phone, that it's just the person he is.

    Anubhav Sinha
    Film: Ra.One


    People called it a stroke of luck, and I agree. I had broken into the long line of people who had been waiting for years. But there was a lot more to it than that. I've done my fair share of waiting.

    The process of Shah Rukh coming to understand and trust me was a long one. It wasn't like he said yes and then signed a cheque for an obscene amount and handed it over to me.

    He was making a huge investment and he needed to be sure that I wouldn't go crazy with the amount of money he was looking to pour into the film.

    I had my own share of waiting to endure. Our actual meetings started in January 2007.

    For the first 15 days, we did daily six hour sitting to discuss the script and characters.

    Then on January 17th or 18th, Shah Rukh won the bid for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. Our next meeting happened in July.

    For seven months, he didn't reply to even one of my text messages. At first it was frustrating. It was jarring too, and I admit there were times when I felt insecure.

    But as I got to know Shah Rukh better, I realised that he's just that kind of man.

    When he gives you time -- whether it's 30 seconds or 30 minutes -- he's all yours.

    Karan Johar
    Films: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, My Name Is Khan


    You catch his theatre training while directing him because of his unique way of deconstructing the scene and the character.

    He has a walk for almost every character he's played. But that walk and that nuance that he brings to every role is something he doesn't license.

    He doesn't share it with you because those are his own notes.

    He's not one of those people who make their homework apparent to the world. It's all done in his head.

    Film: Billu


    Shah Rukh Khan can never play a poor man.

    He always has to play a character that is above the ordinary. That's because his body language, his demeanour, his carriage, everything is that of a star.

    Shah Rukh doesn't think small or poor. And because he portrays his reality in his characters, a poor man is only the character for which he has nothing to draw from within.

    Shah Rukh is more aware of this limitation than anyone around him.

    He once told me, "I cannot believe myself to be a poor man. I cannot think like one and so I wouldn't want to play the role of a poor man."

    Ashutosh Gowariker
    Film: Swades


    I still vividly remember the first time I met him. I was in Aziz Mirza's office for a reading and he was this thin, lanky guy sleeping on a mattress in a corner, with his back turned to me.

    There was nothing special about that moment and yet, it was a striking image.

    When he finally woke up, I recognised him as a boy from Fauji and he remembered me from an article about West is West, a film I had acted in.

    That's when our friendship started. We went on to work in movies like Chamatkar and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa after Circus.

    Farah Khan
    Films: Main Hoon Na, Om Shanti Om, Happy New Year


    I will never forget the first time Shah Rukh walked on to the sets (of Main Hoon Na) in Darjeeling.

    As usual, he was two, three days late. But the day he arrived, it was exactly like a scene from the movie.

    My 100 dancers rushed to the gate and started cheering, whistling and clapping.

    I was so happy that I started crying and ran away from there because he makes a lot of fun of me when I cry.

    I don't ever remember being so happy in life, except the birth of my kids.

    Nikhil Advani
    Film: Kal Ho Naa Ho


    The thing about Shah Rukh is that while he is working on your film, he hates your film and loves the other one he is working on!

    So while shooting Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, he was all praises for Dil Se....

    While shooting Mohabbatein, he constantly spoke about Hey! Ram and during Kal Ho Naa Ho, it was Devdas this and Devdas that.

    He kept comparing his death scene in Kal Ho Naa Ho with the one in Devdas and said that our scene was rubbish.

    He kept telling me that it needed more drama, that it was a comma, not a full stop.

    "This isn't a death scene, you should see what we've done in Devdas."

    Subhash Ghai
    Film: Pardes

    And so I wrote Motherland, a war film.

    It is a story about a soldier who is a prisoner in Pakistan and how he escapes from there. To date, I think it is one of the best stories I ever wrote.

    When I went to London with the script and narrated it to him, he said it was one of the best scripts he'd ever read and said "When should we start?"

    I got inspired and signed Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta for it and trust me, after lot of perseverance I assembled this mammoth cast.

    I signed A R Rahman for the music and recorded three amazing songs.

    I booked a 5,000-soldier unit in Delhi and travelled to Pakistan and Afghanistan for research. It was all done in good faith.

    But he kept delaying the start of the film. He was getting busy with his clan and his group of friends.

    I was a senior director, so I couldn't be going everyday, landing up on his set and saying, "Hi! Are you Shah Rukh?" because I didn't belong to his generation.

    I began to gauge the ebb in his interest for my film. Finally after nine months of excuses and delays, he called me one day and said "Let's start the film next year."

    By then, I had lost my patience. I said, "No, thank you, Shah Rukh. It was lovely meeting you."

    And then I heard that he was making Veer Zaara with the Chopras. I guess he had never intended to be a part of Motherland.

    I had worked for two years on this script, recorded three songs, Rahman felt so bad, everybody felt disappointed.

    I don't think I had ever been more hurt in my life.

    Excerpted from SRK: 25 Years Of A Life by Samar Khan, with the kind permission of the publishers, Niyogi Books.

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  2. Rishima62

    Rishima62 Defying Gravity

    @Subhash Ghai oh, somebody had to mention that Mr. Shah Rukh Khan is a human being - with flaws, the right to make mistakes by not being able to say "no" (this is something I heard from the lady who did "Shah Rukh in Love with Germany) and so on.
  3. tasifa

    tasifa which means Blue Eyes in Thai.

    Shubash Ghai loves to bring everything back to him. He has a big big ego. I read once that Shahrukh said that he hated the way Pardes has been filmed.
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  4. Rishima62

    Rishima62 Defying Gravity

    @tasifa I read that too. And (despite I can watch it over and over again) I agree with him regarding some parts of the movie.
  5. K

    K I love you Shah Rukh. Staff Member

    I'm curious as to why, after doing so much research, assembling a cast, recording songs and believing it to be his best script, Subhash Ghai didn't go ahead and make the film with a different actor in the lead?

    Thanks for the article Lise.:)
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  6. afsha4srk

    afsha4srk New Member

    Exactly. If it was such a great story/film, he could have done the film with other actors.

    I think SRK didn't like the way he was treated during PARDES. Ghai has a huge ego, and was very unethical and unprofessional during that film. He totally changed the script and SRK's role without telling him. I remember an interview where SRK said that the film that was narated to him, and the film that was actually made, were completely different., and that he will never watch it. SRK was the one who was professional and completed the film. Any other big actor would have told ghai to go to hell and left the film.

    Also, Gauri had a miscarriage during the shooting, and SRK wanted to rush back to her, and the creep Ghai said no. Ofcourse SRK didn't listen and went to gauri.

    I find it very disgraceful and pathetic that Ghai would talk like this about SRK. It's been many years, and SRK has helped him out many times since. Whenever there has been an event at ghai's production, SRK has gone, and been very respectful. I think SRK is too kind and generous, and the manipulative users in the film industry try to take advantage of him.
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  7. KKhan

    KKhan Well-Known Member

    it was certainly a good read a bit shocked to read what mr ghai wrote if he imself was that serious why not sign someone else lol its like shahrukh can only do what ghai wants
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  8. K

    K I love you Shah Rukh. Staff Member

    I agree. He is a human being and has the right to be hurt, however, a book about and for Shah Rukh, certainly isn't the appropriate forum to bring it up, especially, as you said, given the support Shah Rukh has given him over the years, from being there for his film launches to supporting his film school. I wonder what Shah Rukh felt upon reading this...
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  9. Rishima62

    Rishima62 Defying Gravity

    I totally agree with all of you.
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  10. Karan#1

    Karan#1 Well-Known Member

    Subhash Ghai's tweeted some nice things about SRK though.
  11. rollercoast

    rollercoast Zindagi

    Nikhil Advani doesn't seem to be a fan either. Seems rather mean-spirited to remember these things and publish them all these years later. The man should be grateful he has made at least one memorable film - and that's thanks to ark.
  12. Rishima62

    Rishima62 Defying Gravity

    My feeling is that SRK isn't a big fan fo Nikhil Advani either. I remember him saying in the "Making Off" "This is a young man who shouts a lot" (not exactly his words maybe) - and he hadn't anything else to say if I remember it right. :cool:
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  13. rollercoast

    rollercoast Zindagi

  14. Karan#1

    Karan#1 Well-Known Member

    Too much is being made of it. I'm sure Nikhil Advani and Subhash Ghai have a lot nicer things to say but these made for more interesting reading.

    Besides, Nikhil Advani's comments seem to be made in jest and far from mean-spirited.
  15. Rishima62

    Rishima62 Defying Gravity

    Sorry - but I don't agree here.

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