"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?