SRK at 25: I feel more re­spon­si­ble now

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Prashant Singh

You go to the peo­ple to en­ter­tain them, and some­times, find­ing that mix is dif­fi­cult; some­times, it just hap­pens SHAH RUKH KHAN, AC­TOR

The Shah Rukh Khan era of Bol­ly­wood is now its 25th year (his de­but film Dee­wana was re­leased in 1992), and there has never been a year dur­ing this time when he didn’t have at least one big-ticket film out.

Af­ter a quar­ter of a cen­tury — now that sounds long! — Shah Rukh still has his mo­ments of con­cern when his film is about to re­lease. “I don’t know if I am ner­vous, but I am con­cerned, for sure. It’s not as if I don’t sleep prop­erly or am trou­bled,” he says.

And the spon­tane­ity that was Shah Rukh’s trade­mark dur­ing his TV show days (Fauji) is still there in this choice of films. “Mostly, films aren’t cal­cu­lated,” he says. But “some of them could be”, he adds, ex­plain­ing, “es­pe­cially when it comes to our com­mer­cial films that have song-and-dance se­quences. Those films might have some cal­cu­la­tions, as one does think of a few set pa­ram­e­ters, such as re­leas­ing it around Di­wali or any other fes­ti­val, etc.”

Why the con­cern even at the high­est level of su­per­star­dom? “Mu­jhko con­cern re­hta hai, be­cause you al­ways hope that the film you’ve made and the story you’re telling is liked by more peo­ple be­cause you feel for [the film]. Also, as a movie star who has been there for 20-25 years, you also go to the peo­ple to en­ter­tain them, and some­times, find­ing that mix is dif­fi­cult; some­times, it just hap­pens even when we don’t realise it,” he replies.

At the same time, Shah Rukh says that there’s “al­ways knowl­edge that [a film] made with a good heart will be liked by oth­ers”.

This is how he feels about a project now: “So, some­body wanted to tell me a story and I wanted to be a part of it. Also, since other peo­ple are also at­tached to a film, I’m more con­cerned now. Es­pe­cially, when you’ve been work­ing for two-and-a-half decades, you start be­ing re­spon­si­ble.” NOTE TO READ­ERS: Some of the cov­er­age that ap­pears on our pages is paid for by the con­cerned brands. No spon­sored con­tent does or shall ap­pear in any part of HT with­out it be­ing de­clared as such to our val­ued read­ers.

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