‘I DON’T KNOW HOW TO BE RO­MAN­TIC...

... in real life,’ says Shah Rukh Khan, adds that he’s shy of girls

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Prashant Singh prashant.singh@htlive.com

The first con­di­tion I had to do a film in Mum­bai was that I won’t do a love story. I was like, ‘Mu­jhe love story na samajh aati hai, nei­ther do I think I can do it’ SHAH RUKH KHAN, AC­TOR

He has been rul­ing Bol­ly­wood as the ‘King of Ro­mance’ for 25 years now. So, it’s hard to be­lieve when Shah Rukh Khan tells you, “I don’t know how to be ro­man­tic in real life.” In fact, he never wanted to take up love sto­ries when he en­tered the world of films. We get chat­ting with the 51-year-old Bol­ly­wood star about his lovey-dovey charm on­screen.

Does ro­mance come eas­ily to you?

Not re­ally! I never thought so. I didn’t know whether I could do a ro­man­tic film or not. I never thought I would. As a mat­ter of fact, the first con­di­tion I had to do a film in Mum­bai was that I won’t do a love story. I was like, ‘Mu­jhe love story na samajh aati hai, nei­ther do I think I can do it.’ I didn’t do one in my for­ma­tive years be­cause mu­jhe lagta tha main achha nahi hoon. Maybe be­cause my life has been so beau­ti­ful in terms of ro­mance and oth­er­wise, that I feel it. Or maybe, I’m sen­si­tive and a part of me is very girl-like.

So, how would you ex­plain your lover-boy im­age?

I have al­ways been very shy es­pe­cially with girls, so I don’t know how to be ro­man­tic in real life. I have a good sense of hu­mour. I don’t know if that helps. I’m very dig­ni­fied. I know I will never cross bound­aries of de­cency with a woman in any which way, older, younger, lit­tle girl. I am very shy of it, I think be­ing shy is ro­man­tic.

You were re­cently fea­tured in the Forbes list of world’s rich­est ac­tors. How much does money mat­ter to you?

It doesn’t. I wish I had it in the first place (laughs). But I don’t need it... My fam­ily and I [have] de­cided, ‘We are very happy, now just go and make your films.’ And I just do that. I’m not at­tached to ma­te­rial things. I’m con­sid­ered one of the rich­est ac­tors maybe be­cause of val­u­a­tion of my com­pany. But to me, it’s not a turn on. It has never been!

Jab Harry Met Se­jal is your third film with Anushka Sharma [af­ter Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Jab Tak Hai Jaan]. How has your equa­tion trans­formed with her?

Over the years, I’ve got­ten to know her fam­ily. I like that she is very earnest. My daugh­ter also re­ally likes her... There is a fan­tas­tic amount of com­fort [with her].

PHOTO: SU­JIT JAISWAL/AFP

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