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