Shah Rukh Khan is that one actor who’s always tried to give us a variety in the roles that he’s played int he 25 years of his acting career. From a villain to romantic hero to an obsessive lover, Shah Rukh has always tried to entertain his audience.
With all the roles that he’s played, a lot of times he’s been criticized for playing a lover in his films. During an extensive interaction with a famous daily, Shah Rukh was questioned if the critics’ opinion of him playing a romantic character has ever affected him and if he looks back in the past for the same.
To this, he replied, “No, I don’t look back at all yaar. I really have no living in the past. Not even for a moment. Galat ho gaya, ho gaya. Achha ho gaya, ho gaya. Because my life is at such speed, moving with such rapidness, that I really don’t have a viewpoint left for what is past. And about all this, I still believe this, that you cannot oversimplify either the failure or success of anyone, but we try to compartmentalise. Because it’s easier to understand. See, if I understood my stardom, I would try to keep it and retain it for the rest of my life and pass it on to my children. But I don’t know how to retain it because I don’t know how it happened. Then why oversimplify it? Ki yaar gaano se hota hai. Toh aap bhi kar lo!”
Adding to which he said, “Love story se mana kiya hai maine? I remember a director once saying something like – ‘Yaar, Karan Johar badi easy picturein banata hai’. So I’m like – toh aap bana lo. I teach my children that don’t ever say ‘I can do this’ unless you have done it. Ki arey yaar yeh itna asaan hai. Kiya hai kya yeh tumne? Have you done it? Do it. Fail at it, succeed at it then talk about it. Don’t just say that – ‘This I can do yaar’. Yeh Sachin jo century maar raha hai, I can also do this against Zimbabwe. Don’t oversimplify anybody’s success or failure.”
Concluding his statement,SRK said, “Lots of people will say things. The only change that has come to me over the years is that there is an acceptance that if you are a public figure like this, 99% of the time I get advantages of being loved beyond measure. I see it in Banaras, I’ve seen it day before yesterday in Abu Dhabi- 36,000 people! 99% I get positivity and 1% if somebody compartmentalises also, now I am in the zone that theek hai yaar – tum wahan ho nahin, tumhein pata nahin, main abhi nahinsamjhaunga yaar, waqt nahin hai. I need to move on. Genuinely, I am in a fast train, and I can’t stop at every station and explain things. You have to understand that any achievement of any level has a certain amount of things attached to it which perhaps people who have not been there will oversimplify, or accept it, or try to explain it badly.”
Well said Mr. Witty!