I have got much more than I ex­pected: Shah Rukh Khan

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Shah Rukh Khan who has com­pleted 25 years as an ac­tor says that he has got ‘ten bil­lion times’ more than what he set out for when he started

Shah Rukh Khan, who ear­lier this year com­pleted 25 years as an ac­tor in Hindi cin­ema, says that he has got "ten bil­lion times" more than what he set out for when he started in 1992.

"This is ten bil­lion times more than that I dreamt of," Khan told re­porters dur­ing the pro­mo­tion of his lat­est ro­man­tic com­edy Jab Harry Met Sejal di­rected by Im­tiaz Ali and star­ring Anushka Sharma.

"I wanted to get mar­ried and have chil­dren, and that's it. So I never look back as I can­not fathom all that I got. Some­day I will, and then I will be flooded by mem­o­ries, and I am sure the thought of 'what was all that' will cross my mind," the ac­tor said.

Since ven­tur­ing into Bol­ly­wood as a no­body with Dee­wana, Khan, fondly known to­day as ‘bad­shah’ of the in­dus­try, has given sev­eral cine­matic jewels like Dil­wale Dul­ha­nia Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham among many others.

The king of ro­mance got crit­i­cal ac­claim in films like Darr, Swades and Chak De In­dia.

The Delhi boy, who tip­toed into the film in­dus­try with empty pock­ets, now owns an IPL team, Kolkata Knight Rid­ers and his own pro­duc­tion house Red Chillies En­ter­tain­ment headed by his wife Gauri Khan.

Red Chillies is also the pro­ducer of Jab Harry Met Sejal, which re­leased last Fri­day in In­dia. The 51 year old is also the brand am­bas­sador of Dubai and West Ben­gal tourism.

"My dreams were very small," Khan said.

"I did not have a house but I wanted a small house. I wanted to earn money when I was young and all I wanted at that point was to earn Rs100,00," he re­called.

"I wanted to be a lakh­pati. I thought it is a big thing to be a lakh­pati and that is still true.

"So, my ini­tial dreams were ful­filled in the first five-six years, cour­tesy the film in­dus­try and love of the au­di­ence in In­dia.”

Anushka said, "Every time I have worked with Shah Rukh, he has been very kind." Her de­but film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi was also op­po­site Khan.

"I wanted to un­ravel the mys­tery be­hind why he is called the 'king of ro­mance'," Ali, who has di­rected Khan for the first time, said.

"You get to see so much love and com­pas­sion be­ing around this man. It's easy to un­der­stand why peo­ple love him so much. He fills the room with love when he en­ters," Ali added.

A veteran of over 50 films, Khan said it was the "new­ness" in life that he al­ways sought for.

"Not only in films but as a per­son, a fa­ther and a hus­band. I think the search for some­thing new keeps us alive," he said.

SRK stands in for ill Aamir Khan, Ki­ran Rao at event by NGO

At an­other oc­ca­sion, Khan thanked Aamir Khan and his wife Ki­ran Rao for let­ting him stand in for them at the Satyamev Jay­ate Wa­ter Cup, or­gan­ised by the NGO, Paani Foun­da­tion.

Aamir re­vealed that he and his wife Ki­ran were sched­uled to at­tend the event held in Pune, in the western In­dian state of Ma­ha­rash­tra on Sun­day, but couldn't as they are down with swine flu. They ad­dressed the gath­er­ing via Skype.

Khan shared a pho­to­graph of him­self along with the state’s Chief Min­is­ter of Ma­ha­rash­tra Deven­dra Fad­navis.

"Thanks Aamir Khan and Ki­ran for giv­ing me the hon­our to stand in for you. Deven­dra Fad­navis your con­cern for farm­ers is touch­ing," Khan cap­tioned the im­age.

Aamir on a video call said, "It's a happy day but we are very sad... be­cause af­ter work­ing so hard for a year, when the time came for us to cel­e­brate with you, we got this ill­ness. And the dis­ease we are suf­fer­ing from is one which spreads rapidly. It's called H1N1 or swine flu in com­mon us­age.

"The prob­lem with swine flu is if I go any­where, I will give it to other peo­ple, so we have been forced to stay at home for a week. And that is why we can't be there with you and we're very sad about it."

Sm­riti Ki­ran, cre­ative direc­tor of MAMI too was present at the event with Anu­pama Cho­pra as Ki­ran Rao's friend and col­lab­o­ra­tor on (Mumbai Acad­emy of Mov­ing Im­age) MAMI.

She posted on so­cial me­dia: "Aamir Khan and Ki­ran Rao both have swine flu, so couldn't make it for the fi­nale. Both plug into the event via Skype and say that to­day is Friend­ship Day, so they re­quested Shah Rukh Khan to rep­re­sent them at the Paani Foun­da­tion Cup fi­nale."

Among other guests at the event were Nita Am­bani, Sid­dharth Roy Ka­pur, Ashutosh Gowariker, Rakeysh Om­prakash Mehra, Ram Mad­hvani and Na­graj Man­jule.

Ma­ha­rash­tra is among states the worst-hit by swine flu, which has claimed the lives of over 300 peo­ple since Jan­uary, in­clud­ing al­most 150 dur­ing the cur­rent mon­soon.

Among the af­fected re­gions are Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Nashik where many pa­tients are also cur­rently un­der treat­ment in var­i­ous hos­pi­tals.

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