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Exclusive: "Only I Know the Real Shah Rukh Khan," Says King Khan

Bhawana Somaaya
Today, 2 hours ago

The gateman at Mannat has been informed about my appointment and the car is allowed to drive inside without fuss. In the lobby, the security preoccupied on the telephone raises three fingers to indicate you have to go to the media room. From the glass window overlooking the actor's bungalow you can see glimpses of his lifestyle - a temple, a staircase, a roof. Fragrant tea combined with a leisurely walk around the passage, some soulful conversation with his core team against a Hussain painting, and it's time to walk to the actor's den.

Mandavi, Khan's publicist, gently opens the ornate door leading to his spacious study stacked with books and announces my arrival.

Shah Rukh Khan poses with the author Bhawana Somaaya (Photo courtesy: Bhawana Somaaya)

He is engrossed on the phone, looks up and rises to welcome you. Some pleasantries and compliments later I come straight to the point.

Are you anxious before a release? Were you nervous about the reactions for Fan?

Not nervous, but responsible definitely. In my early days I never felt anxious because I was ignorant about the impact of a hit and a flop. I remember post King Uncle (1993) I met up with my director Rakesh Roshan at Mehboob studios I think, and he said, Congrats! Our film is a success.' I smiled. I was walking home just down the lane and I met Salim uncle and he said, Your film is a hit!' and I smiled again. Those were innocent times. 

With success came expectations and after I launched my production house, responsibilities grew. So today it is more about accountability than anxiety.
You have mentioned that it was more difficult to play Aryan than to play Gaurav, why?

Gaurav has his energy and is in that sense a studied character. While Aryan despite his status and power, was more challenging because, though I'm playing a superstar the character is not me. 

One thing that my director Maneesh Sharma and I agreed upon was that no matter what the provocation, the star will not lose his dignity.
Shah Rukh Khan in a scene from Fan (Photo: YouTube/YRF)
It's brave of you to play a character that allows deconsctrution of Shah Rukh Khan.

Deconstuction, I agree. But not of Shah Rukh Khan, but the perception of superstardom! The script consciously includes scenes that demerit the actor. For instance, him not being recognised by security in the UK, and even more lethal when the businessman ticks him off for coming late to perform at his daughter's wedding. Now, I may have started the trend of dancing at weddings but nobody dare speak to me in that tone in real life. However this happened to somebody and finds a place in our narrative. 

You say I'm brave to play such a part. I feel I'm honest, because only I know the real Shah Rukh Khan.
And what is the real Shah Rukh Khan?

(Smiles) That is for me and not to be shared. People think they know me. Some claim to know me, but nobody does because the real emotion has to be kept hidden inside the heart.

So what does the heart say? Should Aryan have apologised to Gaurav?

The director was very clear about that Aryan will not say sorry. In fact, the reason we kept the climax ambiguous is because both Aryan and Gaurav are justified in their stands and convinced about it. Interestingly, all the people I have met post the release of the film are divided in their opinion about the protagonists. My sister said, Sorry hi toh kehna tha, keh deta'. My daughter Suhana's friends sympathized with Aryan and condemned Gaurav, while my son and his friends identified with Gaurav and said, Raain de, tu nahi samjhega'.

Seriously, do you think superstars understand the enormity of the attachment their fans feel for them?

Seriously, I think they do. But it is not practical for them to always express that to them. Even in the film the actor feels compassion for his fan and wants to resolve the problem amicably. He is sensitive and does not want the police to harm the young boy. But things just get out of control. In the final frame you notice that the actor is not waving mechanically, but lingering his gaze to connect with them, he wants to make them feel special.

SRK poses with his wax statue at Madame Tussauds (Photo: Twitter) 
Your gaze is indeed special without your spectacles.

Haha, that's because I got my eyes operated. I don't have to wear spectacles any longer and that is why I can also look directly into your eyes and chat (Laughs).

When it is time for me to leave Shah Rukh insists on escorting me downstairs. As we wait for my car, he reminds me that I had described his film Devdas as ostentatious, "That's the first time I heard that word". His candour is charming and suddenly I understand what creates  the likes of Gaurav Chandna.

(Bhawana Somaaya has been writing on cinema for 30 years and is the author of 12 books. She's on Twitter at @bhawanasomaaya)

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Took a chance with Fan in a hope that audience will like it: Shah Rukh Khan

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Published Apr 20, 2016, 1:58 pm IST
Updated Apr 20, 2016, 5:04 pm IST
The actor expressed that he chooses different roles on screen as it excites him and wants to cater to all kinds of audiences.
Shah Rukh Khan said, "I think it is more appreciated when an established director, producer, star does something unusual like 'Fan'."
 Shah Rukh Khan said, "I think it is more appreciated when an established director, producer, star does something unusual like 'Fan'."

Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, whose latest release "Fan" has been garnering positive response, says he took a chance with this film as he wanted to present before the audience something which they had never seen before.

"It's (Fan) not a film that heartland audience will like it. But we took a chance thinking hopefully they (audience) will like it, but they need song and dance. I am not unrealistic," Shah Rukh told PTI.

The actor, 50, in his over 20 year-long career has given several blockbusters like "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge", "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", "Chennai Express", "Happy News Year", among others. But some of his films like "Swades", "Chak De! India" did not do good business at the box-office as compared to his other commercial films. 

Watch: Here's what went into the making of Shah Rukh's character Gaurav in Fan

"My last film ('Dilwale') had cars flying, there is dance and all so more heartland audience sees it and non-heartland don't see it. The idea is to make a film that everyone would see it," the actor said.

The "Happy New Year" star appreciates filmmakers who come up with novel ideas. "While (we) were making 'Swades', I had told Ashutosh Gowariker (film director) that hope you know this film will not make much business as the other (commercial) films do. But he had the guts to make a film like 'Swades' with a star like me," he said.

"I think this is what we should celebrate. When a new kind of filmmaker comes, and makes something different with new people as he doesn't have access to others (stars), I really appreciate that. I think it is more appreciated when an
established director, producer, star does something unusual like 'Fan'," he added.

The "My Name Is Khan" star says he chooses to do different stuff on screen as it excites him. "As a person it keeps me going as I feel I have done something different. It also enhances your way of making cinema. Then after six months you can make a commercial film. (American actor) Will Smith does that, he makes a film for numbers as well one those which don't make that much numbers. I feel most actors should try and make that," the actor said.

According to Shah Rukh, there are two types of audience - one that enjoys offbeat films while there are others who like commercial films. Shah Rukh said the audience liked Gaurav more than the character of superstar Aryan Khanna in "Fan" as the role was very fresh and different.

"We have been completely divergent from a star (referring to himself) who is known to have songs and dance in his films. People like different stuff. But if we keep making it again and again may be they won't like it. I think people liked
'Gaurav' more as that was different," SRK said. 

He said some fans have reached out to him after watching the film and complained about certain aspects of the thriller. "Some of the fans said there should have been songs in the film, there should have been an apology once, why is Aryan Khanna so mean, you are not like that in real life, why Gaurav had this kind of end, Gaurav was not wrong. There are some complaints (referring to 'Fan'), there are some flaws that people are saying there will be critical acclaim. But overall it's a different story telling," he said.

According to SRK if a film starts discussion then it means it is interesting. "When you discuss a film later, it means it has left an impact on you. Some people said the second half is not good. But this is how we felt the story (of 'Fan') should have been and narrated it that way," he added.

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