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stardust interview on govinda, wife, karan and more....

Discussion in 'Shah Rukh Khan Dhamaal' started by Anisa, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. Anisa

    Anisa New Member

    "Initially even Subhash Ghai and Yash Chopra thought I was arrogant... See, my attitude is `love me or leave me.' I'm very hard-working. I give you value for money. You may be a big director but I'm a big actor too. So you're not doing me a favour by taking me in your film. Don't expect me to touch your feet and dance to your tunes, no sir."
    (Stardust Magazine)

    BollyWHAT?'s favorite actor was once so cash-strapped that he was forced to use a hotel bathroom to wash up before an audition. In the space of only a few years, he had become India's biggest star.

    Though he no longer undisputedly rules the roost, anyone who thinks his day is done should remember that Shahrukh Khan has made a career out of achieving the impossible. In an industry arguably more nepotistic than Hollywood, Shahrukh, from a middle-class Delhi family with no connections to the film industry, is an entirely self-made man. Breaking into television from theater, and from TV into film, is supposed to be impossible. Yet Shahrukh did just that, moving from Barry John's Theatre Action group to the small-screen serial 'Fauji,' and from there to cinematic success in 1992's Deewana. Villains do not become heroes in Hindi cinema, yet the man who is famous for his loverboy performances in DDLJ and KKHH made his name playing spine-chilling psychotics in Baazigar, Anjaam, and Darr.

    Now Hrithik Roshan is drawing the bulk of overseas attention, and Aamir Khan's first production and star-vehicle Lagaan has won Oscar approbation and worldwide exposure. Meanwhile, Shahrukh's own production company has garnered steep financial losses: Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, One 2 Ka 4, and Asoka all bombed at the Indian box office. A columnist in Stardust Magazine refers to him as "a fading and frustrated superstar." Has the conclusion of the 1990s also brought an end to Shahrukh's reign?
  2. Anisa

    Anisa New Member

    The answer: a resounding NO. His performance in 2001's international blockbuster Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham left critics raving, and his recent release, Devdas, is the first Indian film to be showcased at the Cannes Film Festival and an undisputed blockbuster in a year of unremitting flops. Besides, Shahrukh's astounding charisma is unequaled by even the most talented of his competitors -- and, we would argue, anyone in Hollywood to boot. Still, there are people in high places who may be rooting for his downfall. Some allegedly include:
    • Govinda. For a time, these two were publicly at loggerheads. In March 2000, Filmfare Online asked Shahrukh about this:

    Q: You know the way Govinda and you love to make these jibes at each other all the time, it always looked stage-managed. Is it?
    A: ...I don't like to talk about it because it triggers it off again. I'd said something in English which was misunderstood by a certain segment of people around him. I'd said something on a show to the effect that 'I can do what I do best. I cannot do what Govinda can do and perhaps Govinda can't do what I can'. It did not mean that I will not do what Govinda does. I wish I could do what Govinda does. I wish I could put my lungi over my head and dance but I can't do it. But it was quoted very differently. He told me also that his mother was very hurt because she felt I was saying that Govinda doesn't do good things. I felt very bad about that. I didn't know how to explain. I called him up and said, 'Listen, please explain to your mom that I didn't mean it this way.' I just said that in English it sounds very different. That I can't do what he does and maybe he can't do what I do. It wasn't meant to be that I will not do what he does. Or what he does is derogatory or bad. I guess that cleared it up. After that I've never had a misunderstanding with him.

    • Sunny Deol. He is infamously bitter about his experience acting across from Shahrukh in Yash Chopra's Darr. Deol feels Chopra deliberately misrepresented his role, and that Shahrukh Khan (his co-star in the film) knowingly complied with Chopra's efforts. Aamir Khan, who was Chopra's original choice for Shahrukh's role, seems to confirm the allegation in an interview from India Bollywood: "I didn’t do Darr because Yashji was playing games. He was narrating one thing to me and quite another to Sunny Deol, which I got to know. I knew all along that it was Sunny and not me who was being taken for a ride."
  3. Anisa

    Anisa New Member

    Q: A lot of people say that you built your foundation on other heroes' rejects.
    So what? `Darr' was Aamir's role and I knew that. [Ed. note: Ironically, Shahrukh was the first choice for Aamir Khan's role in Oscar-nominated Lagaan.] Before I signed the film, I spoke to him at length as to why he was rejecting such a brilliant role. Even `Baazigar' was a Salman reject. But that is understandable. It was a novel theme and Salman was an established hero. So one can understand his insecurity. Maybe if `Baazigar' was offered to me today, I would not do it. See, I did rejects but there were two ways of looking at it. One was getting depressed and the other one was believing that the roles were rejected by others because they were written for me. Even in `Deewana', I knew that I was present only in six reels. But my attitude was, `Balls to whoever is acting in the film, balls to whoever is directing it. I only know that I am `Deewana' and I have to be the best'.

    Q: You are very arrogant, you know.
    I'm not arrogant, I'm just clear-cut. I have a lot of dos and don'ts. Initially even Subhash Ghai and Yash Chopra thought I was arrogant. Yash Chopra told me the other day that after signing me on for `Darr', he was still looking for a replacement because he thought I was too arrogant. He thought that I would give him lot of trouble. Today, he says he can't even think of anyone besides me. See, my attitude is `love me or leave me.' I'm very hard-working. I give you value for money. You may be a big director but I'm a big actor too. So you're not doing me a favour by taking me in your film. Don't expect me to touch your feet and dance to your tunes, no sir.

    Q: What about your various link-ups?
    I told you that I've come here to work, not have affairs. People linked me with Kajol initially. I treat her like a kid sister. I remember, during `Baazigar', I would give her a tapli and tell her how to act. I used to hit her also at times. Then someone wrote that I was having an affair with Juhi Chawla? You know, false stories like these spoil relationships. Juhi was the only actress who had attended my wedding ceremony, in fact. And you know, I like interacting a lot with my co-stars. When stories like these appear, I tend to be on my guard. I can't sit with any heroine in her make-up room because I fear that people would think I'm ******* her. Believe me, the day I think of any girl in that sense, I will say it openly. What I don't understand is that, why can't I be in love with the girl I'm married to? Come on, we've just been married for two years and we're not bored of each other still. Some people even say that I'm scared of my wife? What the ****? You tell me, if I ask you about your wife, what will you say? That she's a nice girl, sweet person, you love her, isn't it? So why should it be considered abnormal if I say the same?
  4. Anisa

    Anisa New Member

    "See, I know I have my limitations. I very well know that I just have four to five routine expressions. I'm surviving solely on them. Any small little thing that hurts me, I guess. See, I'm a good guy. I've never wished anybody harm. So I don't like it when people do it to me. Also the attitudes. I feel angry when I see `Phoolan Devi' being stopped from going to the Oscars. I mean, come on. Out there, you can make a film on John F. Kennedy's life, send it for awards and be proud of it. This is something I cannot do anything about. So I take my anger out on something else. I get angry when people take advantage of me. When a big producer calls me up and tells me that I have to attend some goddamn function the next day, I have to say yes because the guy is big and I need him. So I have to go down on my knees. Remember the time I hit a waiter at one of Subhash Ghai's parties? I was upset over some other reason and I took it all out on the poor chap. Most of the times, I feel very bad after I unleash my anger on someone who's innocent. And I do apologise to the person at once. But that's me.

    "...See, the day I get the kind of success I want, I'll probably become as corrupt as corruption. That's a fact. But otherwise, I will not let it affect me. See, I never joined films to make money or be a superstar. I came into this line for a much deeper reason. I came here only to get over my mother's death. This is something very few people understand. I lost my mother, I lost my father, two of the people I loved most. What greater loss can I suffer? I can't lose more. When my mother died, I too thought that I was going to die. But I did not die. Life did not end. It's going on. In fact, by some standards, it's even better. I'm earning more money, I'm famous, I'm rich. And I miss my mother even more. My biggest regret is that the more I rise higher in life, the more I miss my mother.
  5. Mazerq_j

    Mazerq_j Well-Known Member

    Thanx so much anisa for posting it here :)

    I think i've read this b4, but it is so good to read it again and again coz shah rukh never failed to answer brilliantly

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