“I LOVE Making LOVE!” -- Shah Rukh Khan
Khushboo Tiwari & Josh Chakraborty met up with the Badshah of Bollywood at a press launch. His wit, charm and genuineness made him an instant hit. Read on to know more about why this man is truly called the King of Bollywood.
At an event, Shah Rukh Khan ‘rukh-ing’ marvelously alongside the hot and happening Anushka Sharma, wearing nothing but white, perfectly added the sizzle to the ambience of the seafacing cafe. Here’s a sneak peek of the tété-a-tété with the King Khan…
How do you relate to your romantic characters onscreen?
I think usually directors apni zindagi mein se kuch hisse aur experiences nikaal kar character likhte hain. Bahut saari cheeze aisi hain jo hum baat karte waqt samajh bhi jaate hain, ki yaar humare saath aisa hua hain na alag alag jagaho pe, so I relate to them a lot. Obviously when you play a character the space and setting is different, but somewhere the feelings are quite familiar to me, both as Shah Rukh and my onscreen romantic characters.
Do you think your recent choices of movies are expected to match that level of appreciation that you had got earlier?
See honestly, the thing is when you reach a certain stage of filmmaking, being so involved in it, I think you lose the objectivity. It’s like your own baby, so if you ask me if AbRam is more beautiful than we think he is, I’d say yes. But that is a biased response and that’s how I believe about all of my films. It’s our baby and it’s the most beautiful thing than anybody in this world. And God forbid if it’s not as beautiful, it will be even dearer to us because we love it so much. For us to be able to say it openly, main market ke andar aake bolna shuru karu ki superhit picture hain, military bulani padegi, paagal ho jaenge log, I don’t know... I hope all that happens.
If the girl is as beautiful as our heroines, my job as a romantic hero becomes easier.”
I really wish that because we are all in the business. I don’t know if my movies are better or worse, just bring your heart along, and you will love it. What are your experiences while shooting romantic songs? Actually, main bahut fortunate hu. Jab bhi directors aur music directors mere liye gaana karte hain toh unke dil
mein ek reputation si bas gayi hain ki mere gaane ache hi honge, jo obviously meri wajah se bilkul nahi hain. Because they always work, I won’t say harder as I think everybody works very hard but they do have a special place in their heart for the songs for me. They really look at me with a lot of love when they visualise a love song and jo mere saamne meri mehbooba hain jinse main pyaar karne lagta hu film mein, woh itni khubsoorat ho, toh baaki kaam
asaan ho jata hain to express a song so well written and choreographed. I think all such songs only come out of love. There are always speculations that personally, you aren’t fond of the so called ‘loveydovey’ Bollywood masala movies. Is it true?
I love making love. I don’t like watching it. Toh main dekhta nahi hu, main karta
hu. (Laughs) I was told that aap phir se lover ban rahe ho, well I believe I am no longer a lover, I am love! I feel and understand it.
Has it become easier for you to romance onscreen? If the girl is as beautiful as our heroines, my job as a romantic hero becomes easier. I just have to look at them and I feel a lot of love instantly.
Girls want boyfriends and husbands like SRK. Kabhi Gauri Khan neaapse kuchkahahaikiaap unromantic ho?
Yaar mein theekh thak hoon,
mera sense of humour acha hain. Main thoda shy hoon ye baatein karne ke liye.
I’m a good company, atleast I think so. I can make you smile or laugh. Kaise bolu… Yeah, I’m good. (Chuckles) Did you miss the signature - ‘stretching of arms’ in the previous few films of yours? I think it is an oversimplification. I would myself play to the galleries if I have to do that. It’s not something I do that makes or breaks me. I’ve done it in a few films and it’s become a thing, it eventually becomes like a mannerism of an actor. Actually, no director tells me in a film, Aisa nahi karna. Aisa nahi hain ki choothte hi haath phela deta hoon main. It’s a character thing. I’m not going to break out of my character in Raees and do a move like that. Given the parameter of the commercial films that I act in I still try to retain the characterization as strongly as I can, knowing the fact the star overrules the character. But in my heart, I am still an actor, however small a part I get in a movie. It’s not like my hands are tied so that I don’t do that move.
You’ve worked with a lot of different directors who are known to add their own
I don’t know if my movies are better or worse, just bring your heart along, you will love it.”
If you ask me if AbRam is more beautiful than we think he is, I’d say yes. ”
flavour to romance...So what do you think is different in the concept of Imtiaz Ali’s film? I think both Anushka and I are fortunate enough to have worked with great directors. They have a huge bend towards love, romance, etc. Whenever I have watched Imtiaz’s films, they have been romantic movies. But I don’t think the characters are aware that they are in love. In fact, I feel there is some sort of internal travel that happens like soul-searching. And they realize that this happens because of the existence of this other person at that time of their life. That’s when they discover love. So gradually, we feel this as characters. This is what makes it so special that we connect with each other. He has a very deep understanding of a ‘man-woman relationship’. Do you agree with the concept of reel life characters falling in love in a realistic way on a travel journey? You are watching two random people interact without too many spikes in the middle, without any obstacles or any exterior block points. And these characters make a home in your heart. It’s just the simple things and moments. Romantic movies are about the moments. Every director who specializes in making love or romantic films has a depth or essence of love.