The megastar at Mannat in a recent interview dodged some sawaal-jawaab. We serve you snippets from the freewheeling interview where the actor blends mischief, madness and masti. Shahrukh unplugged.
“I watch my films 2-3 times!”
After Main Hoon Na opened to a mixed response, you are now celebrating the silver jubilee. How does it feel? “When I sign a film, I weigh it on whether it has a repeat value or not. Also a film should essentially entertain. And once I sign a film, irrespective of whether others watch it or it, I watch my films 2-3 times!” smiles the dimpled star.
With Main Hoon Na, Shahrukh broke away from his romantic image. Khan kicked in some fabulous stunts in this Farah Khan action dhamaka. The film went on to become a super hit of 2004.
On a personal note, when marriages are collapsing right, left and centre, what does he think is the success recipe? Shahrukh limits his reply. “I don't think a third party comment is wise. All I can say is that people should weigh and measure their actions”
Despite several linkups with his co-stars, Shahrukh till date holds on tight to his Mr. Clean image. He fondly calls his wife, Gaurima and is a dotting dad to kids Aryan and Suhana. Recently, the father-son pair have dubbed for the Hindi version of the Disney's The Incredibles. The actor dubs the film as a small effort on his part to boost the Indian animation industry.
“Lagaan is better than Swades!”
Lighting up this Diwali is Yash Chopra's Veer-Zaara and winter will bring Ashutosh Gowariker's Swades. “Don't both somewhere belong to the same patriotic family?” He doesn't think so. “I think of Swades as a neo-patriotic film. It re-ignites a patriotic temper, but nowhere does it preach” Incidentally, Shahrukh was first offered Lagaan but the film's unconventional plot didn't get producers.
And does he believe that Swades is better than Lagaan? The star darts back, “There is no comparison at all. I think Lagaan is better than Main Hoon Na. I think Lagaan is a better film than Kal Ho Naa Ho. And I believe that Lagaan is better than Swades too”
Veer-Zaara will see Shahrukh play an intense romantic lead. “Don't you think you are doing the same roles over and again? “When I play a character, I try to weave in subtle nuances. But the critics fail to notice this, whereas the ticket buying junta time and again recognizes and enjoys it” quips the actor.
When Bollywood is leaning westwards, isn't the baadshah signing any international films? “See, it's not like James Cameron and Steven Spielberg are awaiting me at the Heathrow airport to sign me up. Let me be honest, I haven't been offered any Hollywood projects. But I have no grief either!” he mocks.
“The day the importance of my work overtakes Mannat, I'll consider myself a star!”
And is he happy with the films that he does? “Most certainly. I feel I have grown as an actor in the last few films. But I would like to regain my rawness in films like Baazigar & Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa. Irrespective of the fate of the film, I am extremely proud of each of them.”
Rumors are running ripe about him buying property around Mannat. “Is it true?” SRK waves it off, “Not at all. We wanted to extend the kitchen, so there is some minor repair work. That's it. For the last couple of years, it's been my bungalow that has been in the news and not my work. That is kind of upsetting. The day the importance of my work overtakes the repair work of my bungalow, I will consider myself a star!”