Shah Rukh Khan unveiled Samar Khan’s book as the superstar completed 25 years of being in Bollywood. As usual, SRK had some intelligent things to say which will leave you in high spirits. Check it out…
About being an actor:
'An actor is just like water… he should just adapt to the colour and shape. I believe the art is important, the artist is not. The art remains and not the artist and as an actor, I feel if I think like that, I can work with some amount of purity. The purity will be retained if I believe that my art is important than myself.'
On Hema Malini and newcomers:
'I was an odd looking boy. I spoke too fast and was not from a film background, but I am thankful to all the filmmakers and those friends who gave me an opportunity. Tell me, who gets an opportunity in his life to sit across the dream girl and she says, 'I like your nose, it’s very aristocratic and you got into my film because of that?' Woh naak jisko main chupata phirta tha, woh naak Hema Malini ko pasand aayee (Hema Malini liked the same nose I was so embarrassed about). So, for me if a newcomer comes, I have been trained by people like these to respect the newcomer and love them.'
On being superstar:
'Sometimes it's awkward… today being in this position, the choices are less. I meet many directors but it goes out of hand sometimes. Despite spending 25 years, I still feel like a newcomer. I find it awkward I have spent 25 years but I still feel like a newcomer.'
'I sit with different directors and they say, 'We will make a big film!' so, even before I start working, the film becomes big and I say, 'Let's just make a film!' and it goes out of hands sometimes and everybody wants the film to be big,' he said.
When asked if being a superstar restricts him, the 51-year-old actor admitted that commerce is something that stars cannot remain untouched from but he, on his part, has always tried to not change his approach towards work.
'It is a good excuse to make. If not excuse, then a good reason because people say that stardom takes things out of you as an actor, and yes somewhere it happens that when you become a star you have little issues (about) Rs. 100 crore, 200 crore.
Howsoever, we remain untouched from this; it does come to our mind. You are in a business and hence, business remains in your head.
But I would still like to believe that whenever I have got an opportunity, like a FAN or a CHAK DE! INDIA, I have never questioned it. I have never designed a film for myself.”
“Limitations also come from the people who you work with. A lot of people will offer me a film saying, 'Why should we make an off-beat film with you, let's make a commercial movie.' I am not blaming them; it is a good thought because if I sell, then selling me is but natural.
I can't be two-faced about it because even I sell many things. It's a business finally. Having said that, I have tried to maintain some kind of balance. Earlier I had nothing to lose, so, I did a lot of things and didn't question them but now may be I don't, but people around me question, 'Will this work? Should you do another love story?' I don't listen to them,' he said.
Shah Rukh Khan has also said that he still believes in pushing boundaries. 'A lot has been left for me to achieve. There are times when I wake up in the middle of the night and think that I’ve not done anything and would love to take up new challenges.”