Star hopes for global hit to emerge from Bol­ly­wood

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

IN­DIAN screen icon Shah Rukh Khan has starred in dozens of Bol­ly­wood block­busters and is adored by mil­lions, but there’s a movie he still dreams of mak­ing – one that’s a truly global hit. “I would like to be a part of that one In­dian film, as an ac­tor, as a pro­ducer, as a gaffer, as a sound recordist, as a pro­duc­tion man­ager, what­ever, which be­comes fa­mous all over the world,” Khan told AFP in an in­ter­view.

“That’s my ‘Make in In­dia’ dream. I’ve had this since 25 years,” he added, bor­row­ing In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s much-trum­peted slo­gan for boost­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing in the coun­try.

The Asian gi­ant’s Hindi film in­dus­try churns out hun­dreds of movies ev­ery year, rak­ing in bil­lions of US dol­lars in ticket re­ceipts, but is yet to re­lease a block­buster that re­ally takes West­ern box of­fices by storm.

“I hope to achieve that but I don’t sit down with peo­ple [and fo­cus on] ‘What is the cross­over film that we can make?’ No, I think it will hap­pen be­cause I be­lieve in it,” said Khan.

The ac­tor known in In­dia as “King Khan” or sim­ply “SRK” to his le­gions of fans is ar­guably Hindi cinema’s big­gest and most-recog­nis­able star of the mod­ern age.

He shot to star­dom in the mid90s as the hero of ro­man­tic dra­mas such as Dil­wale Dul­ha­nia Le Jayenge (The Brave­hearted Will Take Away the Bride) and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Some­thing Hap­pens).

Khan is also known for lead roles in high-oc­tane thrillers like Don and this year’s Fan while other ma­jor hits in­clude the 2013 com­edy Chen­nai Ex­press and 2010’s My Name is Khan, in which he played a man with Asperger’s syn­drome.

The 51-year-old boasts 22.2 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers and reg­u­larly sees hordes of ad­mir­ers gather out­side his man­sion by the sea in In­dia’s com­mer­cial cap­i­tal of Mum­bai, the home of Bol­ly­wood.

His next film, called Dear Zindagi (Dear Life), hits cinema screens tomorrow.

But Khan ad­mits he ini­tially had mis­giv­ings about play­ing the role of Je­hangir Khan in the com­edy-drama di­rected by Gauri Shinde.

“I’d be hon­est, I didn’t think I’d like the film. Not be­cause it’s not a good film ... But it’s not my genre of film. I like bad boys. I like James Bond,” he said.

Khan says his char­ac­ter plays the role of a “men­tor, friend, philoso­pher, guide” to the much younger Kaira, played by up­com­ing Bol­ly­wood ac­tress Alia Bhatt, 23, in the film which he says is “sweet” and “funny”.

He de­scribed Dear Zindagi as a feel-good movie about life and how to cope with it “not only as a young­ster but as a par­ent, as a mid­dle-aged per­son. “It deals with all of them with­out be­ing preachy,” he said.

Khan, whose ca­reer as one of Bol­ly­wood’s most bank­able ac­tors spans three decades, says he doesn’t see him­self as a real-life men­tor to young ac­tors, but will give ad­vice if asked. –

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