AF­TER 25 YEARS, KING KHAN STILL RULES

As the self-made, charm­ing Shah Rukh Khan cel­e­brates Eid, and a quar­ter-cen­tury in films, we can’t help get­ting caught up in the ex­cite­ment! Here are 25 rea­sons why we love this Bol­ly­wood su­per­star

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It has been 25 years since his first film Dee­wana hit the screens, and the magic of Shah Rukh Khan’s su­per star­dom was there for all to see out­side his bungalow Man­nat on the oc­ca­sion of Eid on Mon­day. Thou­sands of fans gath­ered to get a glimpse of the ac­tor, who says it’s this love that keeps him mo­ti­vated. Shah Rukh worked in the tele­vi­sion in­dus­try be­fore mov­ing on to films. Dee­wana had re­leased on June 25, 1992. Asked about how he keeps him­self mo­ti­vated, Shah Rukh told the me­dia: “For in­stance, to­day, so many peo­ple are wait­ing out­side my house just to see me... There is un­ex­pected love that we all get. Peo­ple mo­ti­vate me.”

This year, Eid is all the more spe­cial for him be­cause it marks 25 years of Dee­wana, which set the pace for a successful ca­reer for the ac­tor, who has earned the ep­i­thet of Bol­ly­wood’s ‘Bad­shah’. He is happy about do­ing some­thing that “I love do­ing”. “Twenty-five years is a long time... It means half of my life­time I spent here in this in­dus­try. I will be turn­ing 52 this year. I can never thank peo­ple enough to have tol­er­ated me for years with love,” Shah Rukh told me­dia with folded hands at the ball­room

of a ho­tel.

These days his daugh­ter Suhana is seen very com­fort­able in front of the cam­era. Asked about ru­mours that she will also pur­sue a ca­reer in films, the fa­ther of three said: “Just be­cause they come out to the pub­lic does not mean they want to be an ac­tor. My chil­dren will fin­ish their stud­ies as there’s a rule in my house that they have to be min­i­mum a grad­u­ate. So, both Suhana and Aryan have to fin­ish their stud­ies be­fore any­thing else. Af­ter that, if they want to be an ac­tor, they will study to be an ac­tor.” Shah Rukh also has son AbRam. For Eid, the ac­tor had or­gan­ised a spe­cial meet-and-greet for the me­dia. He said his other plans for the day in­cluded spend­ing time with his chil­dren and fam­ily mem­bers. He said he even would like to cook for them.

“I only can make pasta, and I made it once when my daugh­ter said, ‘Theek thaak bane hai (They are okay)’, which means this time I will make it bet­ter,” quipped Shah Rukh, ad­ding that he is nei­ther a foodie nor fussy about food. He men­tioned though that “some biryani will come in from Sal­man’s (Sal­man Khan) house”.

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