In a candid conversation in television show Bollywood King, Shah Rukh Khan shared several anecdotes from his struggling days to a successful career spanning over three decades, inspiring the youngsters to turn their passion into reality.
“Angry, mean, corrupt or competitive — there are shades of grey in every person. It is interesting to see a story from a villain’s point of view because it shows a different perspective. For example, I’d want to see and understand ‘Sholay’ from Gabbar’s point of view as well. I was attracted to those negative characters because I wanted to understand their point of view. When I play an anti-hero, I’m actually playing a more real role. It would be unfair not to depict someone who has had bad experiences in life,” he said.
“Cinema reflects what is happening in our society. Nineties was the era of liberalization. It is important to believe and enjoy what you do even if it is not successful. It is not always important to come first or be special. Being ordinary is also special. This is what we wanted to convey.” “Sometimes, success is just driven by circumstances. You need to be with the right people at the right place and time,” he added. “I was practical and knew that I didn’t look the hero type, nor couldn’t I dance like one. In fact, a director once told me that he could use me anywhere because I was so ugly and not the hero-type,” he recalls. “I was so passionate about acting that I took up negative roles. ‘Darr’ was refused by so many actors, but I thought ‘I love you Kkk… Kiran hi to bolna hai’. The gist is, if you love your work, things will fall into place,” he says.
Talking about the switch from playing grey characters to the ‘king of romance’, Shah Rukh says he is still very shy of women and was initially apprehensive about doing ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’.
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17 November, 2019