Shahrukh Khan

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Hero is a misnomer. India is the only place left in the world where we call our stars heroes and heroines.

Shahrukh Khan (born 2 November 1965) is a Bollywood actor.

Quotes[edit]

Quotes On Celebrities[edit]

  • Rani Mukerji
    • [When speaking to Rani in a show] I've known you since the time you started, I'm very fond of you...I love you! We've done different kinds of roles together. Chalte Chalte I think was very interesting, KKHH was interesting because you had just started out...It's wonderful to see you evolve as an actor over the years and personally I do believe that Rani Mukerji is the best actress in the country in the last 16 years.
    • Rani has looked her career best in Paheli. For myself, Aziz and Juhi; Rani is the only leading lady for our production house. She is the best actress we have had in I'd say the past 16 years!
    • Very few people know this. Now that she's successful, I can take credit for it. I spotted Rani in the promo of her first film and recommended her to Karan for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. I insisted that he at least meet Rani and when he did, he wasn't impressed. He wanted someone taller and Western looking. After much deliberation, he decided to try her out. They straightened her hair, did her make up and gave her a mini-skirt for the KMG song. That's where it all started. When I first saw her dancing, I realised she's a better dancer than me. She looked fantastic when she walks in with that guitar in the song!
    • Right from the start, director Aziz Mirza wanted Rani. She heard a full narration of the script before me. But she was doing what she thought was a similar film [Saathiya]. Though I had worked with her in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, I had never done a full-fledged role with her. She began her career with me in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. She was supposed to do Dil Se with me as well. Chalte Chalte has given her a role worthy of her talent.[citation needed]
    • Rani Mukerji has the most beautiful eyes in the world.
    • [On the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai role] And Rani was so outstandingly beautiful. I saw her on television in a trailer of Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat. And I thought she had the most stunning face I'd seen. And I said [to Karan] why don't you ask Rani to do it?

Quotes On Films[edit]

  • Paheli
    • [On its Oscar entry]It was very shocking for me because a movie called Black had released and I was working with Rani for a movie called Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. It was New York, very cold, raining, and Rani came running, saying, "Shah, Shah, we got nominated, we got nominated!" And I thought she was talking about Black-and Rani's very close to me, one of my best, bestest friends- and she came and hugged me and I said congratulations because one thought she was talking about Black. Because Paheli hadn't fared very well commercially, though it was very close to my heart. Suddenly she said, "No, no, no, Paheli has won!" And everyone -Karan [Johar] was there- said, "No, no don't joke, don't hurt him like this." And we were really shocked.

From interview with Malavika Sangghvi[edit]

Quotes from an interview with Malavika Sangghvi, Times Life, Sunday Times of India (dated January 2, 2005). [1]

  • Don't be negative. It shows on your face.
  • I am like a Rolls Royce which can run without an engine, just on reputation.
  • I am not confident unless I am playing someone else.
  • I am very shy. If I am flying British Airways and the airhostess asks me two questions, and I don't understand her accent - I will go hungry for the entire flight.
  • I don't sit around complaining about the lack of good roles. I will play Raj 85 times and still make him different.
  • I think if you take sexuality very seriously it becomes very oily.
  • If you get bored with the person you married for love, there's something wrong with you - not with that person.
  • Often I don't say hello to people for fear that they may not remember me.
  • You never win the silver. You only lose the gold.

From interview with Rajeev Masand[edit]

I never yell at kids. I just hug them hard and threaten them not to do something again. I would never be aggressive with a woman or a little child. I would rather die before I raise hand on a little kid or a lady.

Quotes from an interview with Rajeev Masand, CNN-IBN (dated October 22, 2007).[2]

  • There is no alternative to work. I find nothing nicer than working. Bhatt saab tells me that I am a workaholic. If I don’t work I get a headache and I feel depressed. I like to work round the clock all the time.
  • On some rare occasions I do go to cinema theatres abroad. But if you really ask me I would rather watch a film on DVD all alone in the dark environs of my car or my home.
  • It has varied. I don’t know if it’s good or bad but a dear friend of mine Aziz (Mirza) asked me not to do Don. I was also told to cut my hair and to change my name because someone said that there couldn’t be a movie star by the name of Shah Rukh Khan. (when asked the worst piece of professional advice that someone has given him)
  • Recently somebody asked me if I’m still in touch with my feminine side. They ask me why did I do the Lux ad and things like that. I think there is a feminine side to me, as people like to assume.
  • It makes it easier to get happiness. I do believe in a material world to a certain extent. I think material happiness is quite an important step before you look for spiritual happiness. There are people who think the other way round. They might also be right. But in the kind of education and the world where I have grown up, and we all are growing up, a certain level of consumerism become a reality. (as an answer to the question: Do you think that money can buy happiness?)
  • I never yell at kids. I just hug them hard and threaten them not to do something again. I would never be aggressive with a woman or a little child. I would rather die before I raise hand on a little kid or a lady.
  • I would want my children to grow up and do what they wish to in a field that they choose to step in. They should not have to use the shadow of their father’s name. I think that is a bit of a downer for a movie star’s children.

From interview with David Light[edit]

Quotes from an interview with David Light, Khaleej Times (dated December 11, 2011).[3]

  • When I get up in the morning and have to go to work and jump off things that may be quite dangerous, the payback isn’t the bigger car, but it’s that someone somewhere will smile a lot.
  • Making a movie has to be artistic. You have to look back and say, ‘I did this because I had fun.’
  • I’m completely ordinary.
  • I don’t sit down with the scripts. As long as I like the people I’m working with that’s enough for me.
  • I am happy making the films I make and I would like the West to be impressed with what we do from India.
  • Actually another thing that keeps me going in the industry is trying to do a film that impresses [his kids].
  • I don’t make my kids say I’m their favorite star.
  • Hero is a misnomer. India is the only place left in the world where we call our stars heroes and heroines.
  • As long as the women I’m romancing are happy with me doing it then I’ll carry on.

From interview with Anshul Chaturvedi[edit]

Quotes from an interview with Anshul Chaturvedi, Times Of India (dated November 6, 2011).[4]

  • Successful people do things, and get over with it, and leave others to live their life off it. I DO them. And then I leave it to others to live their life off it.
  • It is so strange - if anyone takes my name, I have the ability to make them famous.
  • That if you want to be famous, you take your dad's name. And I said the only persons I don't want to be famous by taking my name are [Aryan, his son] and [Suhana, his daughter]. Let the rest of the world do that.
  • Sometimes I don't want to dignify things with answers. And it takes a huge amount of self-restraint, patience, control, and love for your own family, to keep quiet. And dignity, and perhaps the status that I have in the eyes of the people.
  • Success makes people - people not related to you or to your field - like to take a dig at you.
  • I think I invoke radical passions in people - and that is why I am such a big star!
  • I've become a free-for-all brand. I hope they come out with a rule that they can't use a person's name without paying him for it!

From interview with Subhash K. Jha[edit]

Quotes from an interview with Subhash K. Jha, Times Of India (dated February 1, 2004).[5]

  • The audience's preferences for films are in black and white. They either like a film or they don't.
  • I've been there, done it all. I'm very clear about my priorities as an entertainer. I want the audience to feel good when they watch me. That's what I'm paid for. Why should I sell anything else?
  • I don't think I've achieved superstardom. One has to achieve much more. My next level is the next shot I do. When I see some of my shots, I wonder why I did them so badly. Audiences and critics don't know about these shots. But I know. These moments remain very personal.
  • I feel very strongly about souls who are misguiding people in the name of religion.

From interview with Komal Nahta[edit]

Quotes from an interview with Komal Nahta, Rediff (dated January 13, 2000). [6]

  • I only hope that people enjoy viewing the film I’ve enjoyed making. I don’t know whether the film we’ve made is commercial or not, whether it’s good or not, but I do know that we’ve made it honestly and that we've enjoyed making it. I just hope it has turned out to be the film we had set out to make.
  • My biggest enemy, incidentally, is my ‘next time.’ I’m neither being immodest when I say that my next will be even better nor am I being humble when I say that this is less than what my next film will be.
  • If money-making was my aim, I could have done two ad films or shows and earned the same amount of money -- probably more -- in just two or four days.
  • A person must buy my film only if he feels good about it, not otherwise.
  • I don’t normally comment about my own films. But my judgment of films is excellent, it is better than yours.
  • After all, what is a film? It is selling of a dream. We have to tell lies to people, we have to sell them dreams.
  • I bring excitement on the sets. I’m an exciting actor, overrated, exaggerated. But I’m not an unexciting actor. I excite people. I never lose hope. If I feel that a film is going wrong somewhere, I do even better.
  • My films do well only because they are good, not because of me.
  • Like beauty, stardom too is skin-deep.
  • Films are an art form which are sold after packaging in this commercial world.
  • I am not insecure enough to count the bouquets I receive on my birthday, I don’t assess my popularity by the number of magazine covers I am on, I don’t get worried if my song is on the seventh position on countdown charts.
  • I take care not to remind my audience that I am Shah Rukh Khan. The better thing to do is to hold a mirror for them and to tell them, ‘This is you.’
  • I am popular for all that I’ve done on the screen. That is why I’m never ashamed of what I’ve done in front of the camera, nor am I extra-proud of what I’ve done.

From interview with Pratim D. Gupta[edit]

Quotes from an interview with Pratim D. Gupta (dated September 2, 2010). [7]

  • See, these things like enmity and fighting... I don’t think I am at that age anymore.
  • I don’t feel ill about anyone. I don’t even feel nice about anyone. I just don’t think about them. I am selfish that way. I think about myself, my films and my friends.
  • Just because I am cheerful and jovial and look good, doesn’t mean that I can’t act.
  • I believe that my wife is the most beautiful woman in the world.

From interview with Anshul Chaturvedi[edit]

Quotes from an interview with Anshul Chaturvedi, Times Of India (dated September 30, 2010).[8]

  • Films and filmmakers and actors are part of a strange art form, which is only measured by the yardstick of commerce. So it's a dichotomy; it'll always be so.
  • I believe my nation is truly secular, I truly believe that.
  • It takes a lot of intellect to be able to convince people to believe in fantasy – but people don't seem to be able to recognize that.
  • I like talking when people ask me sensible questions. Ask me senseless questions also, but in a context, and I can have fun, I can make you laugh at my answers.
  • I don't think movie stars are nationally relevant – it's as simple as that.
  • We are not supposed to have an opinion. If we have an opinion, it has to be controversial – that is how we are always projected. It is difficult.
  • I may say things with the right intention, but more often than not, people will misconstrue it.
  • If I'm ever asked to do something in the national interest, do a project of national relevance, it's not as if I will not charge for it, but I will ensure that what I give back is not just worth that money, but is a little more than that.
  • If somebody is working very hard, or deserves a lot of money, pay him upfront, say he is going to be working for so much time, he deserves it – and then put the rest of the money where it should go. But unfortunately, that sort of transparency is rarely there.
  • Creativity has this problem, sometimes it'll be liked, sometimes it won't. It's unfortunate that perhaps we expected something more popular from this music, and it isn't that. See, this is very subjective. You will find enough people who like that also, I think.
  • If I leave Pepsi, and later Coke tells me to do something for them, I'd do it. I have no issues, whether Coke and Pepsi have different ideologies or not. See, I'm called for a job, I'd do it.
  • I believe it is my job to tell people about what the good points of either company are. I'm not lying in either case.

From interview with Amrita Mulchandani[edit]

Quotes from an interview with Amrita Mulchandani, Times of India (dated January 29, 2010). [9]

  • I am not someone who believes to doing a film just because it is off beat.
  • The essence is that I leave something of me in every role — not 100 per cent.
  • I am the same old actor. When people question me I really look back and think but I feel people love characters like Rahul or Raj because they are different. Every role is different and I am not reinventing myself as an actor.
  • I believe the show must go on.
  • My strength to work in such situations comes from my family and people who love to watch me.
  • I am where I never thought I would be. I got much more than what I had expected. I am strong believer in God, hard work and honesty.
  • My family likes me as a person and not because I am an actor. I never mix the two. I don't know how much I earn or how many awards I have received.
  • Money is a good thing to run after. It is very important to be financially stable but you have to keep your wrongs and rights in mind. Don't shy away from earning but without selling your soul.

External links[edit]

https://www.todaybeam.com/top-best-movies-shahrukh-khan/

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