Posted: 03 February 2013 at 9:59pm | IP Logged
Rukh Khan recent interview to Times of Oman :
Expect an unforgettable
night of amazing songs, non-stop dancing, and plenty of wit at
Temptations Reloaded 2013 - Shah Rukh Khan Live in Concert on February
13, promised Bollywood's superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
journalists from Muscat in Mumbai, the actor said, "The whole ideology
behind the shows that I have done so far is to give value for money in
terms of star presence on stage. People should get to see enough of the
star. It shouldn't be a case of people attending to see the main stars
but only getting to see very little of them. The audience at the Muscat
concert will see enough of all the stars."
The Hindi film industry's
megastar added, "We will present (the show) in such a way that people
will relate to it. It will be a full-fledged show with the same creative
team that handled previous Temptations Reloaded shows."
performing overseas, King Khan said, "It always feels good to perform
for Indians who are away from home. Besides, people abroad like Indian
films, and they come to see people associated with the industry."
The badshah of Bollywood will perform at the concert organized by Light
and Shadow Enterprises LLC along with actors Katrina Kaif, Preity Zinta
and Ali Zafar.
The star also recalled having performed at a concert in Muscat 10 years ago.
"We did spend the evening there. I remember Muscat as a beautiful city," he said.
The articulate Khan answered a host of other questions related to his life and career.
On choosing Oman as a destination for shooting one of his films, Shah
Rukh stated, "A film needs a logical reason to be shot in a particular
place. I would love to do it, but it depends on where the film is set in
the script. Our next film will be based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and 70
to 80 per cent of the film will be shot there. For me, the script should
connect the film to the location. I don't believe in shooting a song or
dance sequence for the sake of it. Times have changed! The days of
shooting a song in a picturesque location - it doesn't work anymore."
India's highest-paid celebrity added,"Besides, as far as a film is
concerned, it is based on the director's point of view. People assume
that as an actor, I have a lot of influence in these matters, but I have
hardly any. I just go wherever I am asked to go."
"Oman is a
beautiful place, and one day, I hope a film of mine will be shot here.
For the concert, I hope to arrive a day earlier to be able to
look around," he said.
On the different kinds of films being made in
Bollywood that do not include him, the superstar noted, "I think it is a
wonderful sign of the times that you have such diverse films being
made. One can say (these films) are in the same space as Chak De or
Swades. I participate whenever I get the chance."
The actor with
numerous mega-hits in his film career that spans over 20 years in Hindi
cinema explained that he intentionally does "only two films per year."
"It is only realistic to do one film at a time. Fortunately or
unfortunately, when people decide to do a film with me, I commit to it
two years in advance. Once I have committed to it, everybody waits
patiently and plans the pre-production. The films I choose depend on the
mood I am in. After doing Ra One and Don, I felt that I must do a
comedy, so I signed on with Chennai Express. The shooting for Chennai
Express has just started. By the time I choose my next film, I will be
'stuck' for the next two years. That is why I am not involved in these
(recent)films. But whenever I get the chance, I sit down with the
directors who are doing these wonderful films and talk about it," said
India's much-loved star.
On whether his production house, Red
Chillies Entertainment, is set to produce low-budget films, Shah Rukh
remarked, "Not yet. The films I have made with Red Chillies or that Red
Chillies has done with me have been big-budget films. Somewhere down the
line, we haven't moved down to smaller-budget films. If I do, I would
like to act in our first production."
The actor is currently doing a
"film that falls into this category"- A for Apple, B for Billi, C for
Cutta, directed by his friend.
"It is a film about Delhi. It is not
a Don or a Ra One. It is a much simpler film, dealing with daily life
and the dreams of people who want to make it big in life a la Raju Ban
Gaya Gentleman. Red Chillies is producing it," he said.
The star has no immediate plans for television productions.
"After the completion of Chennai Express I will have the IPL. After
that, I want to spend time with kids,and then I will be doing Happy New
Year for Farah. Having said that, nothing has been offered to me
recently for television."
On whether he would make changes to his
cricket franchise IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders, Shah Rukh said, "If
the team excelled the last time, why should we fix it? We are the
defending champions, so why should it be changed? But I don't make those
It is Gautam (Gambhir), Venky (CEO and MD of KKR), and
the team that makes all the decisions. I believe it is the team that
clicks on a particular day and wins. We have had big names and lost
miserably. We have had younger boys, who nobody even knew before they won
matches for us. I believe when unknown players perform well, the team
really wins. Like in the movies, when the content is good, the film does
well. The content here is made by the players who are not big names but
can script success with their performance. Many of our boys have made
it to the national team, and that makes me feel proud."
The Bollywood star doesn't agree that he has been doing stereotypical roles.
"I think it has become fashionable to ask me if I will continue to do
what I have been doing. Just to refresh everyone's mind, my last film was
Jab Tak Hain Jaan, which was kind of different from Ra One, which was
slightly different from Don, which was extremely different from Om
Shanti Om, which was not a patch on Chak De India or My Name is Khan. So
if you count the last six films I have done, they all seem to be a
little different to me. I'm sorry if people don't think so."
stressed, "The will is there to do any kind of role, but the script has
to be given to me. I want to bring quality rather than quantity to
On whether he feels competition from newcomers, he stated,
"It would be unfair for me, with a son, who is 15, and a daughter, who
is 12and a half, and with 22 years of work experience in 72 films, to
think of the competition. I don't know if, at this stage, any of us
would really sit down and ask, 'Must I shift gears to get ahead of the
youngsters, who are catching up with me?' I believe I am sitting in a
car of my own, with its own gears, and this car is on a completely
different track from where these youngsters are running so wonderfully. I
have been given so much in terms of the work I have done. It would be
extremely small of me to sit down and compete with newcomers."
"Besides," he noted, "in five years, my son might become a star actor ; which doesn't mean that I have said he is going to be an actor; I am
just giving you an example. It gives me an odd feeling when people say
this, but maybe I am in a position where everybody is competing with me.
In what I do, I am the best, and none of them should catch up with me.
If you play the catch-up game, you become a copy."
"All youngsters should be taking Indian cinema forward with their talent. That is when cinema grows," the star advised.
The actor, who has achieved much in life, pointed out that he wouldn't
change anything about his life. "If I were asked to live the same life
again, I would give an arm and a leg to have it. I have got a lot more
than I thought I would get, even in my wildest dreams. The work I have
done has been fantastic. I have beautiful children, a lovely wife, and a
fantastic job. It is only rarely that one enjoys going to work every
morning. I do this day in and day out. To be in a line of work to which I
have dedicated half of my life and to enjoy it even now as much as I
did on the first day is the greatest gift to me."
Talking about the secret behind his boundless energy, Shah Rukh Khan joked, "I wish I was endorsing 'Boost'."
He explained, "Like I said, it is because I like what I do. It is just
that I get so excited about work. The most exciting part of my life is
the morning, when I go to shoot- whether it is a film, advertisement, or
even a small clip."
About the corporate houses influencing the film
world, he said,"On the business front, Indian films have become organized. We don't have to deal with individual distributors anymore,
which is not a bad thing. We now deal with corporate houses, who do the
distribution work for us. Our team works in tandem with them. All these
corporations have their reputation at stake. They try to understand the
logistics of film making. They also back different kinds of films because
they believe in them. Corporations have thinned out our risks, which
they have shouldered themselves."
On the film industry, he
remarked,"People may not think it is important, but Indian films have
played a huge role in spreading the culture of India. I believe the
films ofa country become popular when that country is doing well
economically. The fact that Indian films are doing well is because India
itself is on the threshold of great development." On his romantic
image, he said, "It is a misnomer. I am not romantic by nature. I am
caring and sweet."
The superstar roots for equality in a man-woman relationship.
"I feel that as a man, one should respect a woman or love her. It is
the little things that matter. It is not the flowers or the moonlit
dinners. These things look good in films, but it is the little things
you do, such as showing respect for a woman, showing that you care for
her, and treating her well, that matters. If you treat a woman as your
equal in every aspect of life, I think that is when you are most
romantic. I think men tend to forget that because, socially, we have been
brought up like that. The biggest romantic is one who thinks of a woman
as his equal. I think this holds sway in any relationship."
As soon as a man thinks he is superior, romance goes out the window.
The actor, who has been battling a huge controversy lately, admitted that controversies rattle him.
"Publicly, I maintain a stoic face to show that (controversies)don't
rattle me, but privately, I am disturbed. As an actor, the biggest boon
and the biggest bane is when you come out in public, you have to act or
just be happy. If I walk into a meeting without smiling, there will be
three other controversies. It is the negative part of being a successful
actor in that everybody wants you to be entertaining at any given
time.Publicly, I don't allow controversies to bog me down, but
privately, they are irritating, to say the least, and extremely
'hate-able', to say the most," he stressed.
The man with innumerable hits to his credit said his criteria for choosing a script has changed over the years.
"When I started out, I thought my role should be important. Then, it
became about the big names I could work with. When you are 24, you are
like 'I should get the best role, so I should act well. Then, I should
work with the top people.' Those are the things that turn you on. As you
develop your craft and continue in your art, what starts to matter is
whether (the script) is a story you want to tell at that point in time?
Can I get like-minded people to tell this story? You look for
like-minded people to work with. So it changes as you grow in this
field," he stated.
The actor revealed that the three most important things in his life are his family, work, and ideas.
"My family comes first. For me, there is nothing beyond my children. I
feel the most peace and happiness when I am with my children. Secondly,
my work is extremely important to me. That really turns me on. I would
not be able to walk away from it. I enjoy it the most. I still think I
have a long way to go. I don't think I can achieve what I want to
achieve. I would like to see things or portray things that have not been
seen before. The third is ideas.
"What is important is that I am in a
space where I can give wings to ideas, which I couldn't do previously
since it was about surviving, making a career, making a house for my
children, considering their education. Now, I would like to bring
together like-minded people to create something new. I want to promote
things in my country, which I can afford to do right now."