After making us laugh, cry and rejoice for decades, SRK cannot just be called a superstar; he is one of those stars who define the word ‘superstar’. Be it the obsessive lover, the notorious don or the coach out to redeem his lost honour; Shah Rukh Khan has time and again proved that he can pull off any role as convincingly as he can play the lover boy. He is as charming off-screen and he is onscreen, and his one liners and witty responses are unparalleled.
But, what goes on in the mind of the man himself? Does he get tired of the constant attention and speculation? How has the stardom affected him as a person?
In this interview, SRK revealed his innermost thoughts on stardom, and we can’t help falling in love with him all over again!
Here are a few excerpts from the interview:
On being affected by stardom
Negatively? No! It has hit me in the most positive way. Stardom has caressed me. I say it to everyone who tells me, ‘Aapki privacy nahi hai. Aapko acha nahi lagta kabhi ki beach mein jaake pav bhaji khao ya kahi ghumne nikal jao?’ Nahi! I don’t want to be normal at all. I want a crowd outside my house waving out to me with sheer love. I love it more than having pav bhaji in public. I have no qualms being a superstar.
On how he has evolved over the years
When you start off, you desire to have good money, you want fame, and you wish to keep your family well-off. You want awards, rewards… tammanayein khatam hi nahi hoti hai. But having been here for 25 years now, you realise that the only thing you want to do is to make people smile.
Somewhere down the line, it’s not guilt, but I have a feeling that I’ve been given a lot more than I deserve. I need to return it before it ends. It’s something I keep telling everyone that the best way to go would be ‘Roll camera, action. Oh shit! He’s gone’. So, I want to keep on working till the last day because when I don’t work, I feel tired.
Does he fear losing out on the ‘superstar’ status?
I have an inane sense of strange confidence in my stardom. But I know what you are saying. Its reality… it can and it will happen eventually. But I have protected myself from that reality. I live in a zone which is my own created reality. Yeah, I live in a false world, but I just believe that no one can take away my stardom.I don’t think I am worthy of all the love I get from the people. Neither do I deserve all the criticism that comes my way. They are two extremes.
SRK is indeed the star of the people, for the people and by the people.