At the age of 42 he lost 13kg and developed six-pack abs and at 52 Shah Rukh Khan’s reign is shining brightly. From a small TV serial Fauji to King Khan in an industry dominated by a handful of powerful families, Shah Rukh’s journey reads like a dream sequence of a Bollywood blockbuster.
In a recent interview with GQ, Shah Rukh bares it all. Aamir Khan’s film 3 Idiots which grossed over Rs 300 crore was first offered to Shah Rukh but he has no regrets refusing that film. He says: “I don’t spend too much time on this, but if I count the films I’ve done and how well they’ve done, I’d be an ungrateful wretch if I were to compare myself to anyone. Any film I do is the best film being made in the world. I forget mishaps with people and I forget the films that I don’t do. I’m not joking. 3 Idiots has come out so strong, so I’m reminded, but I’d already forgotten about Slumdog Millionaire.”
Speaking about his falling-outs with Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, Shah Rukh admits “I’m not very nice with relationships. I can come across as a user, manipulator, disinterested, weird, reclusive, strange, arrogant… from the outside. But the people involved know the truth. My fall-out with Salman is personal, not work-related. With Aamir and Amitji, there is no fall-out. Yes, sometimes I can’t keep my mouth shut because I’m fragile or human about my stardom. And because of my sense of humour and impulsiveness, I tend to forget that the other person is fragile, too.”
However, the actor regrets that his scrap with Salman was unfortunate.
“I was very ashamed over the Salman issue. I hope it never happens to me again. Honestly, on that day [at Katrina Kaif’s birthday party, when the two actors fought], I had gotten up to leave. I wasn’t standing there for a scrap, verbal or otherwise. I was tired, fragile, and I snapped. It was low of me to go to their party and misbehave with them. I feel bad about that. I’m not disturbed that Salman and I don’t talk. We’re too different. His life kuch aur hai aur mera kuch aur hai, and the train shall never meet.”
On the issue of scandals and extramarital affairs, Shah Rukh says “I don’t cheat. I’ve never had the desire to cheat anyone – financially, emotionally or romantically. It doesn’t mean I’m the most morally upright person. I just think cheating is quite low. To form a sexual alliance for an evening, or two or five, and then try and ward it off… it’ll disturb me a lot. In any case, I think my time to have affairs or to cheat is over. Because I never cheated, half the people said I’m gay. But I’m too old now. In fact, if I do cheat now, people will say: ‘Jhoot bol raha hai, saala’.”