Shah Rukh re­grets not get­ting a na­tional film award

Gulf Times - - INDIA -

Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Shah Rukh Khan said yes­ter­day he re­grets not yet get­ting a na­tional film award.

The hugely pop­u­lar ac­tor, speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Kolkata In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val at the Ne­taji In­door Sta­dium, said he gets in­vited to film fes­ti­vals ei­ther to dance or say some nice words wel­com­ing peo­ple, and not for any in­tel­lec­tual de­lib­er­a­tions.

“I have done 70 films so far, but the only rea­son film fes­ti­vals call me is ei­ther to dance or come and just speak about wel­com­ing the del­e­gates, and be­ing nice to peo­ple, and not do any­thing in­tel­lec­tual,” said Khan.

“The rea­son for that is I am not very in­tel­li­gent. And I am not very smart,” he said.

The trailer of the ac­tor’s up­com­ing movie Zero was show­cased at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the film fes­ti­val at­tended by a crowd of over 10,000.

It is the coun­try’s sec­ond old­est film fes­ti­val.

How­ever, SRK, as the ac­tor is known, said he has be­come “smarter” and more “in­tel­lec­tual” af­ter get­ting to know Kolkata while spear­head­ing the In­dian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders for 12 years.

“And the 12 years that I have been in Kolkata with a cricket team, Kolkata Knight Riders, I am be­com­ing smarter. And I am be­com­ing much more in­tel­lec­tual, spend­ing time in Ben­gal, with all the won­der­ful stal­warts of cin­ema, and all the peo­ple I keep meet­ing.

“So, maybe, in the next ten years, there will come a time, when one of my films will get se­lected for an in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val of this kind of rat­ing. It’s re­ally un­for­tu­nate and sad, I have never got a na­tional award,” he said, soon af­ter re­ceiv­ing a crys­tal tro­phy from the or­gan­is­ers of the KIFF.

“The only award is what I got to­day, that Ma­matadi (West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee) so sweetly gave me. It’s a spe­cial crys­tal award,” he said, to a tu­mul­tuous ap­plause, as Ban­er­jee seemed vis­i­bly pleased.

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