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Shah Rukh Khan, the King Khan of Bol­ly­wood lav­ished high praise on his for­mer co-stars Priyanka Cho­pra, Deepika Padukone and Ir­rfan Khan for break­ing new grounds in Hol­ly­wood. When asked for his views on the re­cent trend of ac­tresses like Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Cho­pra go­ing West and if it will help In­dian ac­tors break new grounds in Hol­ly­wood, SRK told In­di­an­Ex­press.

com, “It’s amaz­ing what Deepika, Priyanka, Ir­rfan (Khan), Anupam, Anil, Om­puriji have achieved.

“It’s ex­tremely gutsy. I have seen some of their work. Be it Ir­rfan, Peecee (Priyanka) or Deepika who showed me some of her pics re­cently. I think it is fan­tas­tic.

“They are all ex­tremely tal­ented. They know their job. All the names that I have men­tioned are all nearly Na­tional Award win­ners. Be it Ir­rfan or Peecee or Deepika, they are all fan­tas­tic ac­tors who know their craft. They are the finest ac­tors we have in our coun­try.” SRK also sees the strong roles played by Martin In­dian ac­tors in the West, in­stru­men­tal in break­ing In­dian stereo­types en­forced by many for­eign films. “It opens doors for ac­tors to be­lieve in the them­selves more. It ac­tu­ally makes West look at In­dia in a way that is like say­ing, ‘Look at the tal­ent in In­dia’. The fact is that the world can look at you in a dif­fer­ent light be­cause it is not just a typ­i­cal In­dian char­ac­ter that we are play­ing any­more. “There are no more ‘Pray tell me sir’ kind of lines. It’s about just be­ing an ac­tor may be with an ac­cent. I see Chi­nese ac­tors in English films. No one ques­tions their ac­cent or the way they are. So I think it is a re­ally nice thing and on the other side this way it will re­ally help these ac­tors to take their own films to an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence be­cause they are in­ter­na­tion­ally known now.”

Shah Rukh Khan

Priyanka Cho­pra

Deepika Padukone

Ir­rfan Khan

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